Lapshin’s extradition to Azerbaijan unacceptable: Russian MFA

Extradition of Russian nationals to third countries is unacceptable, Spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said, TASS reports.

“Russia keeps in touch with the Belarusian side concerning Alexander Lapshin case,” Maria Zakharova told a weekly briefing today.

“We insist that the extradition of Russian citizens to third countries is unacceptable, Zakharova said, commenting on the possible extradition of blogger Alexander Lapshin to Azerbaijan.

“We are in contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and other relevant authorities,” she said.

Alexander Lapshin, who holds Russian and Israeli citizenship, was detained in Minsk in December 2015 at the request of Azerbaijan for his prior visits to Nagorno Karabakh.

Russian and Israeli diplomats have visited Alexander Lapshin in Minsk.

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