Each Ankara and Kiev have damaged a 2022 prisoner trade settlement with Moscow, Dmitry Peskov has stated
Permitting the previous commanders of the neo-Nazi Azov regiment to return again to Ukraine is nothing however a “direct violation” of a 2022 prisoner swap deal between Moscow and Kiev that additionally concerned Türkiye, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, stated on Saturday.
Earlier the identical day, 5 former Azov commanders flew from Türkiye to Ukraine aboard President Vladimir Zelensky’s airplane. The Ukrainian president hailed the event as a “return of heroes” and revealed a video of the 5 males boarding his plane on Fb. Zelensky arrived in Türkiye on a brief go to upon an invite by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Each the Ukrainian and Turkish sides breached the provisions [of the deal] on this case,” Peskov stated, commenting on the developments. He additionally stated that Moscow was not duly knowledgeable about Ankara’s choice at hand over the 5 Ukrainian commanders again to Kiev.
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Türkiye was apparently “compelled” to take this step forward of the ucoming NATO summit in Vilnius, the Kremlin spokesman stated, including that the Turkish management ought to have demonstrated “solidarity” with the navy bloc and Moscow is “effectively conscious” of that. “But, a breach of an settlement flatters nobody,” the official pressured. Ankara has up to now not commented on the developments.
Underneath a significant prisoner trade settlement reached in September 2022, 5 commanders, together with prime Azov leaders, had been to remain in Türkiye till the top of the continued battle between Ukraine and Russia. At the moment, Zelensky himself explicitly acknowledged that Kiev had agreed to that situation.
Erdogan then supplied the 5 Ukrainians safety. All of them had been captured by the Russian forces and Donbass militias in spring 2022 following the prolonged siege of the Azovstal metal plant within the Azov Sea port metropolis of Mariupol.
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