There are more than 150 Ukrainians detained or convicted for the transport of the illegal migrants in Greece. Ukraine's authority solves the issue of their return to the homeland. Vasyl Kyrylych, the Head of Department of Consular Support claimed this as Ukrayinska Pravda reported.
"We held the negotiations with Chief Prosecutor of Piraeus and Prosecutor General of Greece. The issues on the protection of the human rights of the citizens of Ukraine detained in Greece for the transport of the illegal migrants made the separate block during the negotiations. There are more than 150 of detainees," he said.
According to Kyrylych, the Ukrainian and Greek sides reached the agreements on the preparation of the bilateral agreement that will regulate this issue.
He added that first of all the issue is about the return of more than 20 people convicted for the transport of the illegals and then were conditionally released but cannot leave Greece.
"The Greek side also understands the necessity of the solution of this issue – the provision of the permission for the conditionally released people to return to Ukraine," Kyrylych said.
According to him, it needs at least 6 months to prepare the proper bilateral agreement.
At the same time, Ukraine and Greece already reached some particular agreements on the permission for the citizens of Ukraine, the members of Mekong Spirit to return home.
"The issue is about 17 Ukrainians who have been on this ship for a year. The agreements toward their return to the homeland have been already reached," Kyrylych concluded.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported that 42 citizens of Ukraine were convicted and 78 Ukrainians are under the investigation in Greece due to the accusation of the transfer of the illegal migrants.
Earlier we reported that 214 Ukrainian sailors imprisoned in Greece, India, Spain, Libya, Oman and Sri-Lanka as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.
According to BIMCO and ISF, 69,000 Ukrainians worked at foreign ships in 2015. Ukraine was enlisted to the TOP-6 largest supplier of the workforce to the ship owners.