ArmInfo. By demanding Russian citizen Sergey Mironov's extradition from Armenia, the US tries to drive a wedge between Moscow and Yerevan, says Frants Klintsevich, First Deputy Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation Council.
"I do not know how substantiated the accusations against the Russian citizen are. The issue can be addressed according to the standard procedure. But in this case the matter concerns not only the US common practice - the attempt to cover the whole world with its jurisdiction," RIA Novosti quotes Klintsevich as saying.
At the same time, he hopes the Armenian side will take this into account when taking a decision on Sergey Mironov's extradition to the United States. Meanwhile, Mironov's wife Yulia says that she feels the support of the Armenian law-enforcement structures.
She says that she has been allowed to see her husband and that her husband has been allowed to meet with the Russian consul. "At the same time, I understand that the Armenian side apparently had to detain my husband, because it was an Interpol request," Yulia Mironova says.
To recall, Russian citizen Sergey Mironov, 30, was detained at Zvartnots international airport in Armenia. The reports about his detention came on August 27 evening. According to the Armenian law-enforcers, he is on the international wanted list upon the US request and now the Armenian court is to decide whether to extradite the detainee to the United States or not. The trial will be held on August 29. Mironov's lawyer Karen Nersisyan says that the US suspects Mironov of arms trafficking and money laundering. According to the lawyer, Sergey Mironov is an ordinary programmer and he has no access to secrets.