Greenpeace chief asks to meet Putin after arrests
MOSCOW (AFP) - The head of Greenpeace asked on Wednesday for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin following Russia's arrest of the entire crew of the group's ship that protested against Arctic oil drilling.
Greenpeace's executive director Kumi Naidoo said he was willing to travel to Moscow at any moment to secure the release of the 30 crew members of the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker.
"I am willing to move my life to Russia for the duration of this affair. I would offer myself as a guarantor for the good conduct of the Greenpeace activists, were they to be released on bail," Mr Naidoo wrote in a letter to Mr Putin.
"We are willing to face the consequences of what we did, as long as those consequences are within a nation's criminal code as any reasonable person understands that code to be."