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Kremlin sees US senators’ letter as interference in Interpol head election

Kremlin sees US senators’ letter as interference in Interpol head election
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A letter from some US senators calling for preventing Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk from being elected Interpol chief is a vivid example of pressure and election meddling, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

According to the Kremlin spokesman, the US senators’ actions can certainly be regarded as pressure. "This is probably some kind of interference in the electoral process, in elections in an international organization. How else can that be seen? Here is a vivid manifestation (of meddling)," TASS quoted him as saying.

"Nevertheless, the election will take place, let’s wait for the results," Peskov added.

Interpol election and senators’ letter

On Monday, a group of US senators from both parties made public an open letter to US President Donald Trump, asking him to influence members of the Interpol General Assembly in order to prevent Russian national Alexander Prokopchuk from becoming the new Interpol head.

In August, US senators put forward an initiative to limit Russia’s right to use the mechanism of Interpol’s so-called Red Notices (putting individuals on an international wanted list), accusing Russia of taking advantage of that opportunity. The senators asserted at that time that the individuals wanted by Interpol at Russia’s request should not be restricted from entering the US and should not be denied political asylum.

Former Interpol chief, Meng Hongwei, resigned in October after being detained in China on suspicion of corruption. Moscow hopes that Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk will win the elections scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 21. He served as the head of Interpol’s National Central Bureau at the Russian Interior Ministry since 2006 and the Vice President of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) since 2016.

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