Moscow will not seek extradition of Russians fleeing military mobilization

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Moscow will not seek extradition of Russians fleeing military mobilization

Thousands of Russians of military age are forced to report to military stations across the country every day to join the ranks of the Russian army.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that it would not seek foreign governments to extradite thousands of Russians who fled the country in order to escape mobilization to fight in Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry, within the framework of the partial mobilization, has not sent, has not prepared and will not send requests to the authorities of Kazakhstan, Georgia and Russia. x27;other countries regarding the issue of allegedly forced return to Russia of Russian citizens there, he said in a statement.

Since the announcement of a partial military mobilization of reservists on September 21, tens of thousands of Russian men of fighting age have fled abroad, especially to former Soviet republics from Central Asia and the Caucasus.

If a Russian citizen receives a summons and does not report to a military police station, he can theoretically be considered a deserter and be placed on the wanted list in Russia.

Quoted by the Interfax agency, the Kazakh Interior Minister, Marat Akhmetjanov, indicated on Tuesday that Astana would be forced to extradite Russians fleeing the mobilization only in the event that the latter were placed on the official list of wanted persons in Russia.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has promised to protect Russians who can be mobilized who have fled to Kazakhstan, while the relations between Astana and Moscow have suffered a cold snap since the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

Georgia and Kazakhstan, two neighboring countries of Russia, confirmed on Tuesday a sharp increase in arrivals of Russians since the mobilization decreed on September 21 by President Vladimir Putin.

Arrivals Russians in Georgia nearly doubled to nearly 10,000 a day after the announcement, the Caucasus country's interior ministry said.

The number increased to some 10,000 a day. For example, there were 11,200 on Sunday and less than 10,000 on Monday, compared to 5,000 to 6,000 just before the announcement of mobilization in Russia on September 21, the ministry said.

Russians have just crossed the border between Georgia and Russia, at Verkhny Lars.

On the border with Georgia, authorities in the Russian region of North Ossetia admitted to a tense situation at the Verkhni Lars checkpoint.

The local Ministry of #x27; Interior has announced the upcoming installation of a military mobilization commissariat in the border area in order to recruit reservists who are trying to leave.

For its part , the Interior Ministry of Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, said 98,000 Russian citizens had arrived in the country since September 21.

However, he did not provide any comparison with the previous week.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev assured him on Tuesday that his country would protect Russians fleeing to Kazakhstan to escape mobilization.

“In recent days, many people come to us from Russia. Most are forced to leave because of a dead end situation. We have to take care of them, keep them safe. »

—Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan

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The Kazakh President also once again condemned the conflict in Ukraine, and called for respect for territorial integrity at a time when Russia is organizing referendums denounced as simulacra by kyiv in four Ukrainian regions to formalize their annexation.

The territorial integrity of a State must be inalienable, this is a key principle, he recalled.

In our immediate vicinity, a major war is underway. We must remember this, thinking above all of our security, added Mr. Tokayev.

Allied with Russia and in particular a member of an economic and customs union, the Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, however, also cultivates good relations with the West and China.

Moscow's offensive against Ukraine has aroused fears among some Kazakhs that it will also become the target of Russian ambitions, particularly because of its long border with Russia and its large ethnic Russian minority.

Russia invaded Ukraine claiming, among other things, that Russian speakers living in the east of that country were victims of genocide, an unfounded accusation.

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