PARIS, April 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's ambassador
to France held two hours of talks with the father of a
Russian-French girl abducted by her mother and a deal is close
on the extradition of Irina Belenkaya, a Russian official said
Belenkaya is in detention in Hungary, where she was caught
trying to take her daughter, 3-year-old Elise Andre, across the
border into Ukraine. Elise has returned to France with her
father, Jean-Michel Andre.
"There are theoretical and practical ways out of the
situation, which in a compromise may please all of the parties.
Moreover, there is an understanding between the Russian and
French foreign ministries, as well as a wish from Mr. Andre to
solve the issue peacefully," the head of a Foreign Ministry
group assisting Russian citizens abroad said.
Alexander Sokolov explained that Belenkaya could be sent
to Russia without being tried in France, or the extradition
proceedings could be annulled if France recalls its order for
her arrest and she is released.