After Gryb disappeared in Belarus, MFA says Ukrainians aren’t safe not only in Russia

Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said that Russia doesn’t let Ukrainian consuls see detained Pavlo Gryb

23:02, 13 September 2017

 

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

After 19-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb disappeared in Belarus, Ukraine’s MFA says Ukrainians aren’t safe not only in Russia, as Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin told Ukrinform.

“After Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb disappeared in Belarus, we must speak about the threat of Ukrainian citizenship staying not only on Russian territory. I want to use this interview as an opportunity to warn citizens of Ukraine of the danger of staying in Russian territory, where all security services act against our citizens. I call on everyone going to Russia to think well whether to go there. But now there’s a situation in which we see that Russian security agencies also work in Belarus, and I believe, citizens of Ukraine should weigh in their visit there,” Klimkin said.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs also said that Russia doesn’t let Ukrainian consuls see the detained youngster.

“Abduction of Pavlo Gryb from Belarus is a highly serious case, and we must find out how it happened. In order to do this, we are looking for information from different sources. Russia doesn’t let our consuls see Gryb, but we will pressure for that with all available means, and once we have established the circumstance, we will proceed to next steps,” Klimkin summed up.

As it was reported earlier, 19-years old Pavlo Gryb got lost in Belarus on August 24. The young man was later found at a prison in Krasnodar, Russia. He told a Russian lawer that he had been kidnapped in Belarus and brough to Russia, where he is accused under Article 205.1 of Criminal Code of Russia (Abetting of the terrorist activities).

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