How the US is helping a man who murdered his former partner in Russia
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The US and Russia have been locked in a tit-for-tat military standoff over a former Soviet republic whose President is accused of murdering his former lover.
US President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision in the coming days on whether to grant Russia’s request to extradite Viktor Orban, the president’s former foreign minister, to the US.
Orban’s extradition to the United States was granted by a special US court in New York earlier this month.
Organs of the United Nations have been summoned to Washington and Moscow to discuss the issue.
Russia has also summoned the US ambassador to Moscow and US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to ask about the extradition request.
The Russian authorities said on Monday that they had detained Orban in March, the same month the US issued a travel ban on the former president.
The US president is due to travel to Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Vladimir Putin and meet with the Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Washington’s move to deport Orban was “a clear and unequivocal violation of international law”.
Orban has denied any wrongdoing and said the ban was a “provocation” aimed at stifling political dissent in the former Soviet Union.
Russia, a former Cold War foe of the US, has sought to portray the US president as an autocrat bent on a crackdown on its domestic opposition.
The Kremlin accuses Washington of destabilising Russia.
Russia’s defence ministry says Orban is wanted for crimes in the Soviet Union that it says he orchestrated.
Russia and the US have not been able to reach a peaceful agreement on Ukraine, a country that Washington accuses of arming the rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Washington says Moscow is backing the rebels and is providing weapons.
Russia says Washington is trying to destabilise the region.
It has accused Washington of supporting a coup in Kiev that toppled Mr Orban last year.
Orsban has rejected the accusations and said he is seeking to build a new life in Europe.
He was born in Hungary in 1949 and became an Austrian citizen in 1983.
He is known for his outspoken anti-Americanism.
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