Putin: Russia will never extradite its citizens to US

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"We will be prepared to look at them and talk about them", he said.

Putin made the comments during an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly.

With ties between Russian Federation and the US roiled by allegations of Kremlin meddling in the 2016 USA presidential elections and deepening confrontation in Syria, the two powers risk a return to unbridled nuclear competition as the chances diminish of rescuing decades-old arms control agreements.

In fact, Prigozhin has been nicknamed "Putin's chef" because of his close ties to the Russian political leadership and his ability to obtain lucrative government contracts. Kelly asked, referring to Russia's campaign to interfere in the 2016 United States election. "What they did specifically, I have no idea", Putin said. The indictment says the indicted Russians worked for a troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, which used social media accounts to stir up racial tensions and divisive political issues with the intention of swaying the election results. "I want to note that we managed to provide an effective and efficient counter-intelligence cover for these large-scale projects", Putin said, speaking at the FSB board.

Kelly then touched on a few facets of Russia's meddling, which the United States intelligence community said was done specifically on orders from the Kremlin itself.

"With all due respect for you personally, with all due respect to Congress, you must have people with legal degrees", Putin replied.

Counterintelligence veterans also largely agreed that, from a practical view, Mueller's charges against the Russians carry little weight because Russia has always been engaged in information warfare with the US. "Give us a document".

Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC's Megyn Kelly last week that he would "never" extradite the 13 Russian nationals who were charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with conspiring to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

When Kelly reminded Putin about Mueller's indictment, he said the request "has to go through official channels, not through the press or yelling and hollering in the United States Congress". And the USA has extradition treaties with more than 100 countries - including Russian Federation. The Extradition Clause in the US Constitution requires states, upon demand of another state, to deliver a fugitive from justice who has committed a "treason, felony or other crime" to the state from which the fugitive has fled.

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