Lithuania sends alleged Russian arms dealer to US

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a Russian man suspected of illegal arms dealing to the United States.

The Vilnius Court of Appeal said Dmitry Ustinov, who was arrested at Vilnius International Airport in April at the request of the U.S., should be handed over to American officials within 10 days. The decision cannot be appealed.

Prosecutors said the 47-year-old Ustinov is suspected of smuggling and operating a group that attempted to export military equipment illegally. The criminal charges could send him to prison for up to 20 years.

The decision was condemned by the Russian government, which had demanded that Ustinov not be extradited.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s envoy on human rights and legal matter, called the court’s decision unacceptable. He said it was part of a pattern of U.S. law enforcement agencies getting Russians detained in third countries on what he said were false pretexts.

“We do not intend to accept this lawlessness in relation to our citizens, who have become victims of this specific form of American ‘justice,’” Dolgov said in a statement. “We hope that Washington will think about the consequences of its actions.”

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