Statements do not help, pressure needed, - Lithuanian Foreign Minister on Sentsov

Source : 112 Ukraine

We should make the efforts here and do everything possible to help a person, the minister said
22:09, 21 June 2018

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Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius claimed that it is impossible to release Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners only with statements as 112 Ukraine reported.

"Everybody should do everything possible internationally. Only statements will not help, the pressure is needed. I discussed this with the Crimeans. We talked about this at the meeting with Poroshenko. I think we will do everything possible to not lose this issue in the European agenda. We must do everything possible! Especially, in Sentsov's case – as I understand, the situation with health is not good, to put it mildly; the conditions of the detention are also not good. We should make the efforts here and do everything possible to help a person," he claimed.

Related: Ukraine’s Ombudsman: No information on Sentsov health, probably he is forced to eat

Talking about the tools for the result, Linkevicius noted the necessity to discuss the issue at the international organization and putting pressure on the Russian side.

"If it is in the center of attention, if these issues are raised, of course, it will be difficult to avoid them. But if we do not remind this, of course, we will do nothing. We need the information from the original sources on the situation and its reliability. We should do this. I personally will do as much as possible and organize my colleagues," he assured.

Related: Secretary-General of European Council urges to release Sentsov

As we reported, on June 18, Denisova was not allowed to visit Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko. Then, the meeting of the Ukrainian and Russian ombudswomen took place when they discussed the citizenship of the detainees.

On June 15, the Ukrainian ombudsman arrived in the prison where Sentsov is kept, but she was not let to visit him. In her turn, Moskalkova stated that Denisova violated the agreements. As the same time, on June 16 Moskalkova visited Dmytro Shtyblikov, a Ukrainian “saboteur”, in Omsk.

Moreover, Denisova reported about the disruption of the agreements with Russian colleague Tatiana Moskalkova on the synchronized visit to Oleg Sentsov and Kyrylo Vyshynsky.

Related: Ukraine's ombudswoman asks Russian colleague to help in release of Sentsov via Putin

As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.

Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 14. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.

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