Published: Tue, March 06, 2018

Putin rules out extraditing Russians indicted by US for election-meddling

Putin rules out extraditing Russians indicted by US for election-meddling

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will "never" extradite a group of Russian nationals indicted in February by special counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The US White House and Pentagon have dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's talk of Russia's new "invincible" nuclear missiles as "no surprise" and instead, accused Russia of treaty violations and boast that their arsenal is "second to none".

"Never. Never. Russia does not extradite its citizens to anyone", Putin said.

Earlier on Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow had evidence that the United States was trying to interfere in Russia's presidential election, but did not say what that evidence was.

He also noted that even when considering the possibility they did not operate on behalf of his government, their extradition is impossible.

Russian Federation did not say anything on Sarmat's development and took steps to preserve secrecy.

Putin has been been leader of Russian Federation in some form or another since 2000, making him the longest-serving Kremlin leader since Joseph Stalin.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Friday that Russian Federation categorically denied it was in breach of any global arms control pacts.

She also accused Russian Federation of violating a 1980s missile treaty.

The American military already knew about the weapons Putin referenced and stands ready to defend the United States, she said.

Powered by nuclear energy and launched from submarines that can hit aircraft carriers and coastal cities with conventional or nuclear warheads across intercontinental distances.

"Russia does not plan to get dragged into any arms race", said Peskov.

Aaron, Jeffrey, and Scott convene to discuss Russia's new generation of insane nuclear weapons, ponder how we got here, and wonder what the hell we can do about it.

"I have to see first what they've done", Putin said.

The publication Vedomosti said the "militaristic rapture of Putin's address is unprecedented" and the respected Novaya Gazeta said the throwback to 1980s-style confrontation is an indication that "the Kremlin has thrown its last trump card on the table: the reminder of the Soviet super-power nuclear potential".

Putin made the comment during an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly on Thursday.

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