Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the situation with release of Ukrainian sailors, captured by Russia, saying that the issue is being resolved “calmly, in work mode.” He stated this during the final press conference of G20 summit in Osaka, as UNN reports.
“In my opinion, the newly appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian army confirmed that it was a provocation of the Ukrainian army, organized by Poroshenko during the election campaign ... If so, then in fact the Ukrainian side admitted that it was a provocation on their part. We calmly, in work mode, will solve this issue. We have questions about some people detained in Ukraine. Here, except for the sailors ... they only executed orders, and that is all. We are aware of this. But they violated Russian law. Therefore, we need to calmly, in a working mode, deal with it,” Putin said when a journalist asked to comment on the appeal to him of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
Putin also mentioned that “exchanges are underway,” referring to the four prisoners returned earlier.
“Here is a good example of contact with those who need to be engaged in dialogue. And the result is obvious. If the current government works like this, of course, we can achieve a lot,” the Russian president said.
As it was reported earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky urged President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to release 24 Ukrainian sailors.
“I want to appeal to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin: all of us have children. Return children to their parents,” Zelensky said.