Putin Says Russia Will 'Never' Extradite 13 Indicted Nationals

'Russia does not extradite its citizens to anyone,' he tells Megyn Kelly
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2018 1:04 AM CST
Updated Mar 5, 2018 5:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Will Russia extradite any of its 13 nationals indicted by US special counsel Robert Mueller for allegedly interfering in the 2016 US presidential election? "Never. Never," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Megyn Kelly that aired Sunday. "Russia does not extradite its citizens to anyone," he said, per the AP. Russia's constitution has a provision barring the country from extraditing its citizens, the Guardian reports.

Putin, who was also interviewed by Kelly last year, said the 13 who were indicted did not act on behalf of his government. "I know that they do not represent the Russian state, the Russian authorities. What they did specifically, I have no idea," he said. He added that the US needs to provide "some materials, specifics, and data" if it wants Russia to answer for anything; under those circumstances, he said, the government would be "prepared to look at them and talk about it."

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