Answering the question whether Russia guards Yanukovych, Peskov said: “Under the order of the President of Russia he is guarded”.
“State security is provided under the decision of the Head of State,” he added.
Answering the clarification question whether there is Putin’s order to provide security for Yanukovych, Peskov stated: “Yes, yes, it was issued when he (Yanukovych, - ed.) left (to Russia, - ed.) as the head of (Ukrainian) state,” he noted.
Peskov did not specify which unit guards Ukraine’s fugitive president.
“I can’t say that. I don’t know. But he has state security,” Peskov said.
The journalists asked about Yanukovych’ legal status. Putin’s Press Secretary replied that he “moved to Russia as the President of Ukraine after power in this country was seized”.
“Yanukovych who left Ukraine in such status is in Russia,” Peskov noted.
“For now he is not a President of Ukraine… He does not have any special statue,” he stated.
Peskov also said that Kremlin did not get any promises related to Yanukovych’ mediation in prisoners exchange issue.
“Mediation is possible only if both parties agree. No specific promises made for now. I got nothing to say in this regard,” Peskov commented.