MOSCOW : Moscow’s human rights commissioner said Thursday he will lead a team of lawmakers to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay next week for a meeting with its last Russian captive. The Russian foreign ministry’s human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov said US officials had given their tentative approval for the meeting to go ahead on January 17. “We continue to proceed on the understanding that the US side is keeping January 17 as the date of the Russian delegation’s visit,” Dolgov told the ITAR-TASS news agency. “We have been promised this date by the US side. We are now waiting for information about the organisational format of this visit.”

Dolgov’s team is due to include several senators from Russia’s Federation Council upper house of parliament.