UPI.com on February 10, 2012 released the following:
“MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Russian officials Friday asked the United States to sign a bilateral extradition treaty or join existing international conventions.
“The Justice Ministry proposes either signing bilateral treaties on the extradition of criminals and repatriation of convicts. The second variant for the U.S. is to join the existing convention mechanisms, we will try to persuade our U.S. partners to do this too,” Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said Friday.
Currently, the two countries have no extradition deal, RIA Novosti reported.
“We raised these issues more than two years ago, during the first visit of a justice ministry’s delegation to the U.S. So far, frankly speaking, the U.S. side remains reluctant to accept our proposals,” the minister said. “But, on the whole, we hope to persuade them and we aim to do our best.”
Konovalov said relations between the two countries have been strained by legal proceedings against Russian nationals in the United States who were extradited from abroad without Russia receiving timely notification.
“Such practices are absolutely unacceptable to us. We, of course, think that it is understandable. … But people should not be abducted on the territory of third states, they should not be extradited illegally. Legal instruments and mechanisms should be used, and we are going to further discuss the issue with the Americans,” Konovalov said.”
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