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Put that the Russians had so far shown no inclination whatsoever to cooperate, the PMOS replied that the key words in the question were "so far". We should wait and see what their considered formal response was. He understood that the journalist was in the business of 24 hour news, but we were in the business of boring legal responses. Let’s see what the legal response was. Whether it was Russia or other countries, there were certain international obligations that people had, let’s see whether Russia abides by them.

Asked if he was suggesting that Russia was bound by some kind of international treaty or agreement to hand over someone if we requested their extradition, the PMOS replied that the European convention on extradition, the Council of Europe Convention concluded in 1957, which Russia signed up to in 2001, stated that extradition requests for Russia are dealt with under part two of the extradition act 2003. Asked if it was our reading of part two of this agreement that Russia was under an obligation to hand over a citizen that we sought for extradition, the PMOS replied that there was not much point in an extradition treaty if that was not the case.

Asked about the News of the World story that this case had been discussed at COBRA, the PMOS replied that he did not discuss anything that had been discussed in COBRA. This was an issue which we regarded as a legal process, and should be dealt with as a legal process.

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