Vladimir Putin Says He Will 'Never' Extradite Russians Indicted in Mueller Probe

| MAR 5, 2018 | 3:33 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would “never” extradite the 13 Russian nationals indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into 2016 election meddling.

“Russia does not extradite its citizens to anyone,” Putin told NBC's Megyn Kelly during an interview.

Although Putin indicated he would consider evidence brought by United States investigators, he said they didn't represent the Russian state or authorities.

“I do not know what they were guided by,” Putin added.

Putin's comments came amid suspicion that the Russian government used entities like the Internet Research Agency to meddle in U.S. elections.

One of Mueller's February indictments included accusations against the Internet Research Agency, which reportedly received funding from one of Putin's close associates.

The indictment claimed “unwitting” Trump campaign associates communicated with some of the defendants.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, however, that the indictment contained no allegations that anyone wittingly participated in meddling:

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion and argued that his Justice Department should focus more on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Last month, for example, Trump told Americans to “ask [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions” why Democrats' crimes weren't under investigation:

He also said on Monday that former President Barack Obama engaged in a scandal “Bigger than Watergate” when he investigated Trump's 2016 presidential campaign:

“Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win,” Trump said in reference to his former opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Watch Putin's interview above, via MSNBC.