Prystaiko explains how Russia issued Interpol warrant for ex-battalion commander without Ukraine knowing

14:00, 03 March 2020
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Serhiy Melnychuk / Photo from UNIAN

"According to the latest information, this detention took place through Russia's communications at the bilateral level," the minister told journalists, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

Prystaiko specified that Melnychuk's name had been put in Interpol database precisely through bilateral channels between the Russian Federation and Greece.

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"Since it [name] was put there at the bilateral level, rather than through the common central system of Interpol, we could not warn this Ukrainian citizen that his name was on the list. And Russia is doing this specifically to prevent the Ukrainian authorities from warning [citizens]. That's not the first time," the minister said.

Prystaiko said the consul had met with Melnychuk shortly after the latter was apprehended.

According to the minister, the circumstances of this case are being clarified, while the Consulate General in Thessaloniki is in contact.

As UNIAN reported earlier, former Commander of the Aidar Battalion who later served as member of parliament of the previous convocation, Serhiy Melnychuk, was on Sunday, March 1, detained at the Greek border on the Interpol warrant submitted by Russia.

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