The Kremlin condemns the arrest of two Russians in Europe at the request of Washington

Kremlin condemns arrest of two Russians in Europe at Washington's request

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The Kremlin lambasted Friday the arrest of two Russian nationals in Italy and Germany, at the request of Washington which accuses them of having illegally sold American technologies to arms companies in Russia.  

“We condemn such arrests of Russian citizens,” reacted the spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov, promising to “do everything” to defend those concerned. 

One of between them, Artyom Ouss, arrested Monday at a Milan airport, is the son of a Russian politician, Alexandre Ouss, governor of the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk. 

Another Russian suspect in this case, Yuri Ourekhov, was arrested in Germany on Monday. The US Department of Justice has said it will seek the two men's extradition to the United States.

Kremlin condemns arrest of two Russians in Europe at Washington's request

Kremlin condemns arrest of two Russians in Europe at Washington's request

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Washington accuses them, along with three other Russians and two Venezuelan oil brokers, of having bought electronic components from the United States intended to equip planes, radars or missiles, and of having resold them to Russian arms companies. , bypassing the sanctions in force.

Some of this equipment, according to the United States, was then used on the Ukrainian battlefields.

This network is suspected of for using the same front company to transfer hundreds of millions of barrels of Venezuelan oil to Russia and China.

The arrests come as Moscow and Washington are engaged in negotiations to exchange prisoners, including American basketball player Brittney Griner, sentenced in Russia to nine years in prison for drug trafficking.

Thursday, the spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, denounced these two new arrests as “a takepolitical hostage.