Lavrov hopes to resolve the situation with Assange

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in photobanks conference of Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov following the results of activities of Russian diplomacy in 2017. 15 Jan 2018Lavrov hopes to resolve the situation with Assange© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

It is necessary to resolve the situation around the founder of the portal WikiLeaks Julian Assange, Moscow hopes that the London and Stockholm show common sense, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Assange 2012 is the Embassy of Ecuador in London — he then appealed to the Ecuadorian authorities with a request for political asylum for fear of extradition by Swedish authorities in the United States in connection with his activities in WikiLeaks. Recently Assange kept in touch with the outside world, including via Twitter, where he regularly published his comments.

«The problem, of course, need some way to resolve, I absolutely agree with this. We understand those actions which undertake the authorities of Ecuador. I hope that all other members will be guided by common sense, including our British and Swedish colleagues, who seem to be ready to show good will and this issue finally resolved,» — said Lavrov at the annual big press conference.

As the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ecuador, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the founder of WikiLeaks, appealed to the authorities of the country of naturalization, which was granted on 12 December.

Earlier, foreign Minister of Ecuador said that the country will continue to provide protection to Assange, however, intends to seek mediators to resolve the situation around the fugitive.

The Swedish prosecution authority discontinued the investigation into Assange, suspected of rape in 2010. London police issued a statement in which he warned that if Assange leaves the Embassy, he gets arrested again. The reason for the arrest in London will be still a valid warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court after the founder of the controversial website 29 Jun 2012 refused to surrender to the court. Authorities in the UK and USA declined to comment on whether the purpose of the request for extradition of Assange.