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Putin says Russia will ‘never’ extradite citizens accused by U.S.


WASHINGTON – Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will "never" hand over one of the 13 Russians charged by the United States for election.

Putin says that Russia "does not extradite its citizens." He is referring to a provision in the Russian constitution that bans extradition of Russian citizens to other states.

Putin tells NBC News that the 13 Russians "do not represent the Russian state" or the Russian authorities. He says he has "no idea" what they did or who guided them.

But Putin says the American authorities must "provide some materials, details and data." He says that Moscow "will be willing to look at them and talk about it."

A detailed 37-page indictment from Special Counselor Robert Mueller claims that Russian agents used fake accounts for social media and targeted messages to to interfere with the 2016 elections.


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