Moscow, Washington Reach No Deal on Handovers of Cybercrime-Related Nationals


Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated that Moscow and Washington have not achieved  deal on the handover of nationals related to cybercrime.

The minister said that Moscow will not be handing over Russian citizens, and that the country aims to keep that position. Ryabkov added that the U.S. and Russia did not reach an agreement on the handover of foreign citizens, because Russia seeks to handle the issue with returning of jailed Russian citizens first.

According to Ryabkov, Washington would have utilized the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters signed in 1999 between Russia and the United States if it sought to “clear up the picture” and if it was willing to cooperate on a mutually respectful and productive ground, TASS reports.

Rather than releasing bogus news that attracts a great deal of attention and assuming that if the number of likes and retweets is massive, the appropriate effect has been accomplished, Russia requires regular inquiries and regular means of analyzing such information, the diplomat stated.