Poroshenko discusses with Putin release of Ukrainian political prisoners

Source : 112 Ukraine

Presidents of Ukraine and Russia held telephone talks
15:37, 9 June 2018

112 Agency

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation discussed the issue of the liberation of Ukrainian political prisoners. This was reported by the press service of the President of Ukraine.

"Petro Poroshenko stressed the importance of the quick release of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the occupied territories, the head of the Ukrainian state drew attention to the hunger strike of Ukrainians and expressed concern over the worsening of their health condition," the press service said.

During the talks, Poroshenko and Putin agreed that in the near future the human rights commissioners of both countries will visit the detainees.

We recall, the last time Peter Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin talked on the phone was February 2018. This happened on the eve of the planned meeting of foreign ministers of the Normandy Four countries.

Earlier President of Russia Vladimir Putin claimed that he did not think about the possible exchange of journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky for Oleg Sentsov as Interfax reported.

'It is totally different, disparate things so we did not think about that', Putin said.

Earlier Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov claimed that Russian side did not get any offers for the exchange of Vyshynsky for Sentsov. Spokeswoman of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa claimed that Kyiv considers all variants of Sentsov's release, including exchange for Vyshynsky.

As we reported Vyshynsky has claimed at the Appeal court session in Kharkiv that he refuses from the Ukrainian citizenship on June 1. He also appealed to Russia's President Putin for the protection. As it was reported earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea have exposed the network of the media entities controlled by the Russian Federation.

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