Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
30th December, 2015
The arrest by US law enforcement of Russian citizens on the territory of third countries is not related to the Russian-American Treaty on mutual legal assistance, 1999, said a specialist in public relations of the Ministry of Justice Mark Abueg to the agency Sputnik.
On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner on Human Rights, Konstantin Dolgov, said that Washington issued 22 warrants for the arrest of the Russians in third world countries for their extradition to the US. According to him, "this practice... is contrary to... the provisions of the Treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters of 1999".
"The 1999 agreement is an agreement on mutual legal assistance between the United States and Russia, the purpose of which is to assist in the gathering of evidence and other information in the field of criminal justice," said Abueg.
The representative of the U.S. Department of Justice added that "it has no relation to the detention of fugitives from justice. The U.S. and Russia are not parties to the Treaty on extradition."