Reuters: Macron says he discussed hunger striker Sentsov with Putin

19:40, 10 August 2018
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"The President of the Republic conveyed to President Putin his concerns, given that the health of Mr Sentsov seems to have worsened dangerously, and the importance that Russia urgently finds a humanitarian solution to the situation," a statement from Macron's Elysee Palace said, Reuters said.

"President Putin committed to respond and to quickly publish information on Mr Sentsov's health," it said.

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A statement published by the Kremlin after the conversation did not mention Sentsov, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was later quoted as confirming that the subject was discussed, without providing any more details.

The Kremlin had said on Thursday it had received a letter from the mother of Sentsov asking Putin to pardon her son. Sentsov's health is rapidly declining, his lawyer and a relative said.

Sentsov, 42, was arrested in Crimea after the Ukrainian territory was seized by Russian forces and annexed in 2014. He was jailed for 20 years on terrorism charges which he says are politically motivated, and has been on hunger strike since May to highlight Russia's human rights record.

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