Putin's press secretary stressed Russia won't release unlawfully detained ukrainian sailors

Fri, 14.12.2018 16:30

Ukrainian sailors will be further imprisoned by Russia. Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said the Kremlin is not going to release Ukrainian POW sailors captured in the Kerch Strait in return for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We are still convinced that the meeting is equally important for both Moscow and Washington," Peskov said, responding to a request from ukrainian correspondent in Russia to comment on the relevant statement by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.

He stressed the U.S. position suggesting that the two leaders will not meet until the captured Ukrainian sailors and ships are released "cannot be a reason for disrupting the course of the trial and investigation, which is being conducted in relation to violators of the Russian state border."

Peskov also stressed the Russian side remains ready for a bilateral meeting at the highest level, as well as other meetings at various levels, to start "a discussion of those urgent issues concerning our two countries and issues of strategic security worldwide."

Source: UNIAN

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