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Exchange of Ukrainian sailors being discussed, - Russian MFA

Answering the question whether there might be some progress in this regard soon, Deputy Head of Russian MFA Grigory Karasin noted he “can’t say anything about it”
16:44, 15 July 2019

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Grigory Borisovich Karasin
vesti.ru

Russia is discussing the issue of exchange of the Ukrainian sailors detained near Kerch Strait with Ukraine, as Deputy Head of Russian MFA Grigory Karasin says, as reported by Intefax.

“Certainly, it is being discussed, we are thinking about it,” Karasin told the journalists.

Answering the question whether there might be some progress in this regard soon, Karasev noted he “can’t say anything about it”.

Related: Kremlin does not hold talks on release of Ukrainian sailors, - Putin's Press Secretary

Earlier it was reported that Russian prosecution pressed final charges against 24 Ukrainian sailors illegally held in the Russian jail. 

On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.

Related: Putin might release Ukrainian sailors before July 21, - Poroshenko

As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.

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