The extradition of Russian potash miner Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner to Russia is possible after the damage done to Belarus is repaid, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.
"I am not blood-thirsty, I do not mean that we have to jail them and so on. Let them repay their debts until we have no more damages," Lukashenko said in Minsk on Monday at a meeting with CIS media executives.
"The thief must be held responsible," Lukashenko said.
"Sure, after the damage is repaid we can make some arrangements so that Baumgertner, who is seemingly so loved by Russia is returned," Lukashenko said.
"You want to investigate the issue - take it and investigate," Lukashenko said to the Russian side.
The Belarusian president said that Russia has been given 19 volumes related to the criminal case. "They exclaimed one price but turned around and sold at higher one and shared the margin. Several cases like this exist and you can not wiggle out of it," Lukashenko said regarding the decision to re-qualify the charges to Baumgertner to embezzlement.
"We'd better close this topic ourselves sooner, to sort through and to punish guilty parties," he said.
The Russian Investigative Committee is preparing an extradition request for Uralkali's General Director Vladislav Baumgertner, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax. Read more>>>
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