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    Moscow Ready to Take in Bosnian Serb Commander Mladic for Medical Treatment

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    Russia is ready to take in former Bosnian Serb military commander Radko Mladic, who is currently in detention awaiting the ruling of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, in for medical treatment, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the ministry, Mladic’s lawyers sent to the ICTY a procedural appeal on temporary release of the detainee and transferal to Russia for treatment.

    "Guided by humanitarian considerations, the Russian Federation responded to the appeal of the Serbian general and provided to the ICTY corresponding guarantees for a positive decision on the issue," the ministry said in a statement.

    Mladic’s health is deteriorating, according to the ministry.

    It expressed hope that the "ICTY will promptly make a decision on temporary release and will allow Mladic to undergo treatment in a Russian medical facility."

    Mladic, 74, has been charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over his role in the ethnic cleansing campaign against Muslims during 1992-1995 war in Bosnia.

    His trial began on May 12, 2012 following his arrest by Serbian authorities in 2011.

    In 2015, Russia blocked a UN Security Council draft resolution on Srebrenica, recognizing the 1995 events as genocide. The draft resolution was supported by ten countries, while China, Angola, Nigeria and Venezuela abstained. According to Churkin, the adoption of the resolution on Srebrenica would have exacerbated the situation in the region.    

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