Skip to Content

The Kremlin (Stock photo from Pexels)
Moscow

Putin refuses to extradite citizens for ‘meddling in US elections’

Russia will not extradite its citizens who are accused by the US of allegedly interfering in the US elections in 2016, Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NBC. And Russians will not be bullied.

Published: March 5, 2018, 10:06 am

    “Never. Russia does not extradite its citizens to anyone – and neither does the United States,” he said. Putin also explained that the accused were not represented by the Russian authorities. “What exactly they did, if anything, I have no idea,” he said.

    The president asked his American counterparts to send relevant proof instead of just spreading stories to the media. “We are ready to look [at evidence] and talk about it,” Putin said.

    The special council of Office of US Attorney General, Robert Mueller, who is investigating the so-called Russian interference in the US elections in 2016, published an indictment against private individuals suspected of committing this crime.

    The document, which was prepared over nine months, is some 40 pages long and mentions 13 Russians. All of them worked for a Russian businessman, Yevgeny Prigozhin as social media marketers. According to the information released by the special prosecutor, the individuals could not have affected the results of the election of the US president on their own.

    Earlier, in his yearly address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation President Putin announced the development and fielding of new types of strategic weapons which will render the US global missile defense systems useless.

    In 2002, when the US unilaterally ended the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty, and in 2004 when the US and NATO included global missile defense into their strategic nuclear forces’ drills, Russia warned that it would have to respond to such a development. The ABM treaty had created global stability by guaranteeing Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

    Additionally the US has shown no interest in renewing the only two strategic weapon control agreements still in force. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) will end in 2019 and the New START Treaty, which limits the number of deployed nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles, expires by 2021.

    Last week the Trump administration published its Nuclear Posture Review which includes several new elements that threaten early escalation.

    In response, President Putin announced a new intercontinental missile SARMAT with unprecedented reach. Launched from Russia it can reach the continental US from any direction, even flying over the South Pole, and thus renders any concentrated missile defense like the one in Alaska useless.

    The next system introduced is a cruise missile with a nuclear power plant which makes any anti-missile system practically useless. “Cold air that enters the missile at the front is superheated by a special nuclear reactor, exits at the rear and gives the missile an enormous thrust,” blogger Moon of Alabama noted.

    At the end of 2017 Russia successfully launched the newest nuclear-powered cruise missile at the central proving ground. No other country but Russia has such a system.

    Another weapon with a nuclear drive system is the new super fast submarine drone Status 6 or Kanyon. Its development was leaked in 2015, and its purpose is to destroy aircraft carrier groups and/or whole harbors. The new torpedo and the new cruise missiles will both carry nuclear warheads.

    The fourth system Putin announced is a hypersonic air launched cruise missile named Kinzhal [or Dagger in English] which, he said, has been successfully tested and is already in combat duty in the southern Russian defense sector. The missile is maneuverable and flies at ten times the speed of sound with a range of 2 000 kilometers. It can be armed with conventional or nuclear warheads.

    Putin spoke of two other weapon systems which are still in development. One is the maneuverable hypersonic glider Avangard which flies beyond the stratosphere at twenty times the speed of sound and comes down onto its targets “like a meteor”. Another weapon shown in a short spot is a ground based laser system for air defense.

    Meanwhile, the British tabloid Metro has called the weapon “Bride of Satan”. In their opinion, the new models of Russian weapons represent a major technological breakthrough that can dramatically increase Russia’s military capabilities, “to strengthen its position in the international arena and to provoke a new arms race”.

    The Russian response is actually an answer to a two decades-long unilateral arms deployment and NATO’s encroachment on Russia’s border. Putin had announced his intentions to counter these advances eleven years ago in Munich, at the global security conference.

    “I hope that everything that was said today will bring any potential aggressor down to earth,” the Russian leader added.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Ukraine, a terror state?

    New leader of Donetsk People’s Republic: The former leader of Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko was assasinated by Ukrainian Security Service.

    Luxemburg minister swears at Salvini as immigration summit turns ugly

    This past week the interior ministers of the member states of the European Union met in Vienna where Jean Asselborn, a member of the Socialist Workers’ Party, and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg, inadvertently boosted conservatives.

    Dalai Lama in Sweden: ‘Europe belongs to Europeans’

    The Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lamas message is that Europe belongs to Europeans and refugees should return to their home countries as soon as the danger is over. Swedish journalists quickly changed from celebrating the peace laureate to suggesting the old monk is ignorant.

    French conservatives question proposed Arabic teaching at schools

    French conservatives on Tuesday criticised the "revival of teaching of Arabic" in schools welcomed by Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. 

    Dutch government faces legal trouble after aiding terrorists

    The "moderate" rebels in Syria were not moderate at all, the recent scandal in the Netherlands has demonstrated yet again. Faced with mounting legal problems, the Dutch government has been forced to cut loose the jihadists. At least one prosecutor seems to believe that the government committed a crime.

    Dutch government supported armed groups designated as terrorists

    The HagueThe Dutch government supported an armed group in Syria that has been labeled as a terrorist organisation by the country's own Public Prosecution Service.

    Anti-establishment sentiment grows in Sweden

    The establishment parties dropped in yesterday’s election in Sweden, but far from what would be expected from early polls. The Social Democrats and Conservatives remain the biggest parties, with anti establishment Sweden Democrats at third place, growing from 12.9 to 17.6 percent. However, the party could still play an decisive role, since the difference between the socialist and conservative block is one single seat.

    Marine Le Pen welcomes rise of Sweden Democrats

    Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Rally - formerly known as the National Front - welcomed the rise of the Sweden Democrats.

    Swedish elections: Anti-immigration party set to be largest

    Today the Swedes are going to vote for a new parliament, as well as regional and local representatives. The anti-immigration party, the Sweden Democrats are expected to rise to the position of biggest party, while a completely new Alternative for Sweden has a chance to enter the parliament.

    Spain’s new Matteo Salvini?

    The new Italian government, under the leadership of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, has managed to stop the flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy. But now Spain is struggling. Who will lead Spain out of the quagmire?

    Go to archive