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The meeting of Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yuri Chayka with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Russian Federation Sylvie Bermann

The meeting of Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yuri Chayka with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Russian Federation Sylvie Bermann

28 november 2019, 15:58

Today, on 28 November 2019, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yuri Chayka met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Russian Federation Sylvie Bermann.

The event was attended by Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Nikolay Vinnichenko, legal and judicial adviser at the Embassy of the French Republic in the Russian Federation Benjamin Danlos, heads of subdivisions of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, representatives of the French Embassy.

Welcoming foreign colleagues, Yuri Chayka drew attention to the deep rooted relations between Russia and France, as well as the need to maintain and improve cooperation in the legal sphere in order to efficiently combat transnational crime and effectively protect the rights of citizens.

The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation noted the participation of colleagues in the work of the Russian-French working groups on countering new challenges and threats, on protecting intellectual property and combating counterfeit products, as well as in consultations on international information security.

In addition, Yuri Chayka recalled that the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation is actively cooperating with the competent authorities of France to resolve problematic issues in the area of criminal proceedings. Regular meetings are held between the working groups of the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia and the French Ministry of Justice in criminal matters.

Yuri Chayka noted that for many years, operational cooperation on practical issues related to the execution of requests for extradition and legal assistance has been carried out through legal and judicial advisers of the French Embassy in Moscow.

As an example of joint work and clear evidence of constructive Russian-French interaction, he mentioned the extradition from France to Russia of Kuznetsov whose criminal acts caused damage for more than 14 billion rubles. Such outcome of lengthy examination of this case by the French competent authorities is fully consistent with the principle of the inevitability of punishment.

Yuri Chayka also mentioned significant attention paid to the exchange of best practices with French colleagues, including in the form of implementing cooperation programs between the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice of France.

The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation noted that in the modem world, law enforcement agencies of all countries must take timely and adequate measures to counter criminal threats and consolidate joint efforts to combat them, since justice is a common goal.

Yuri Chayka expressed his belief that all mechanisms of cooperation mentioned by him should be fully used to settle the problems arising from the consideration of specific requests for extradition and legal assistance and to find the most effective ways to solve them.

In conclusion, the Prosecutor General of Russia confirmed the commitment to comprehensive development and deepening of Russian-French cooperation in the legal area.