MOSCOW (QHA) -

The letter of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, cannot be considered the grounds for pardoning Oleg Sentsov, according to Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president.

Peskov stated that the political prisoner must personally file a petition for pardon.

"You know that such a request cannot constitute grounds for some actions pursuant to the Russian legislation. You know what kind of pardoning procedure we have in the Russian Federation," Peskov said.

He went on saying that he personally had not seen Jagland's letter.

In turn, during the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland said that he will not give up on the release of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov.

Jagland noted that he did not know about the Kremlin's denial on the letter addressed to the Russian president with a request to pardon Sentsov.

"But I’m not going to give up, because I think it is very important that both parties now sought to reduce tension, to stop any form of military action, whether by words, by arms or hybrid methods.”

Jagland stressed that the exchange of prisoners could become one of the methods of de-escalation of tensions between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

“One of the methods of de-escalation would be the release of prisoners, and then to exchange. First of all I was talking about Sentsov, but also talked about the rest of the prisoners on both sides. And I will continue this work.”

Earlier, it became known that Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland decided to file an official petition to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. The Director of the Communications Department, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Daniel Goltgen stated that the Secretary General has the right to file a relevant petition under the European Convention on Human Rights.

QHA