Kremlin says Ukrainian POW sailors to be tried in Russian court "despite Medvedchuk's efforts"

14:20, 19 April 2019
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Press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that, despite the efforts by the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party, Viktor Medvedchuk, regarding the release of Ukrainian POW sailors, they will be tried in in Russia, according to a UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

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“Medvedchuk is really engaged in humanitarian issues. He is working on the issues of release and exchange of persons held; in this regard, he is still very pro-active,” said Peskov, answering the question on whether Medvedchuk is an intermediary between Moscow and Kyiv.

Peskov added that Medvedchuk had recently been to Moscow and had contacts there on the issue of the release of Ukrainian POW sailors who he the spokesman says "breached the border of the Russian Federation."

According to him, Medvedchuk makes "efforts" in this direction.

To the clarifying question of the UNIAN correspondent on what the reaction of Moscow is to these “efforts”, Peskov said: “His efforts are being taken into account, so far there is nothing more to say. The investigation is still underway, the degree of their guilt can and should be established by the court.”

At the same time, he stressed that after the court ruling, various “legal procedures” were provided for their return to Ukraine.

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