Zelensky comments on extradition of Wagner PMC soldiers to Russia: Consequences will be tragic

Source : 112 Ukraine

Zelensky noted that Belarus neglected trust, objectivity and adequate assessment of negative consequences
18:56, 15 August 2020

Volodymyr Zelensky
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the decision of Belarus to extradite members of the Wagner PMC to Russia. He wrote about this on his Facebook page.

“A few words about something important with a capital letter. About those very 'Wagnerians', demons of modern war, which the government of Belarus gave ... to Russia. In my opinion, this is strange, incorrect and definitely unacceptable in friendly interstate relations,” the president wrote.

Zelensky noted that Belarus has neglected trust, objectivity and an adequate assessment of the negative consequences.

The President recalled that the Office of the Prosecutor General appealed to Belarus regarding the extradition of the detainees to Ukraine. All these persons, including 9 Ukrainian citizens, were reasonably informed of suspicion of participation in a terrorist organization (part 1 of article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The Belarusian side left the appeal unanswered.

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It is noted that Ukraine considers such a decision to be unfair, one that does not correspond to the spirit of relations between Ukraine and Belarus, based on the principles of respect and mutual assistance.

"The consequences of this decision will be tragic. We understand that the members of the Wagner PMC will still return to their usual occupation - the spread of war. God forbid that the Belarusian authorities do not have to get another burning, bloodless Donbas on their territory, which all these people will create. They are very good at it," the president added.

As we reported before, 32 Russians detained in Belarus, who are believed to be members of the Wagner PMC, were extradited to their homeland

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