Who Wants the Merchant of Death?

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is trying to repair damaged relations with the Kremlin after Moscow's foreign minister condemned a decision to extradite a suspected Russian weapons smuggler, Viktor Bout, from Bangkok to New York. "In a situation like this, pressure is normal. So it is best to handle it in a straightforward manner," Abhisit said Saturday after hearing Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insult Thailand's judicial system. "The [Thai] government has been saying all along to the US and Russia that it doesn't, and it can't, intervene in the justice process."

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