The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation sent an official statement saying that the political prisoners Aleksandr Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov will not be transferred to Ukraine because of their Russian citizenship, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine on European Integration Sergei Petukhov informed on Facebook.
The Deputy Minister noted that this statement is worthless according to the norms of the International law, because the citizenship of the prisoners was imposed along with the annexation of the Crimea.
“This "citizenship" was forcibly imposed on all residents of the Crimea along with the annexation of the peninsula. Both of these Russian actions are worthless under international law.”
Petukhov claims that Ukraine will seek the return of political prisoners through international organizations that have an impact on Russia as well as in the framework of lawsuits filed in the European Court of Human Rights.
December 9, at a press conference during a meeting of Ministers at the OSCE session, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia admits that the Ukrainian political prisoners Sushchenko, Sentsov and Klyh can be exchanged for Russians detained in Ukraine.