Russian diplomat calls talks with Syrian opposition 'constructive'Russian Politics & Diplomacy March 01, 21:52
WADA welcomes Putin’s statement urging Russia to heed demands of McLaren reportSport March 01, 21:27
Moldova’s president initiates process of national reconciliation over TransnistriaWorld March 01, 21:14
Russian Foreign Ministry: Any sanctions against Syria to weaken anti-terrorist frontRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 01, 21:05
Russia rejects Al Jazeera’s report on alleged cooperation with terrorists in AfghanistanRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 01, 20:04
Moldova’s government recalls ambassador to RussiaWorld March 01, 20:02
OSCE envoy says Contact Group discussed recognition of DPR, LPR documents by MoscowWorld March 01, 20:00
Russian senator believes European Parliament’s resolutions on Syria not to solve crisisRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 01, 18:56
Dire Straits Experience to kick off their 2017 world tour in RussiaSociety & Culture March 01, 18:48
MOSCOW, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. A Russian delegation will visit the detention camp at the US Guantanamo naval base, Cuba, on January 17 to meet with Russian citizen Ravil Mingazov imprisoned there, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s envoy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, told Itar-Tass Friday.
The envoy added Russia would surely discuss with the US side the conditions for Mingazov’s return to Russia or some other solution, the ultimate goal being his rights should be observed and his current “lawless state” should cease. Mingazov long ago confirmed via his lawyer his consent to see a Russian proxy, but the US side for a long time provided no guarantees the Russian delegation could meet with him, the envoy added.
Dolgov mentioned the delegation’s plans to take a wider look at the issue and “to bring up the question of the need for the prompt closing of the Guantanamo detention camp.”
“Lately US President Barack Obama has again admitted the prison was a blemish on US reputation and a threat to US national interests. One cannot but agree with this,” the diplomat said. “We believe the US federal authorities should act on their words.”
Dolgov said Russia was now waiting for “the final confirmation from the US side the Russian delegation can pay a visit (to the prison) on January 17.” He hopes the U.S. will provide the necessary conditions for the meeting and a precise program for the visit.
Russian citizen Mingazov was detained by US secret services in Pakistan in 2002, but still faces no official charges. The Russian authorities have repeatedly tried to obtain consular access to the Russian citizen. Last time the U.S. denied access to the prisoner on the excuse Mingazov had refused to meet Russian officials.