Saturday, July 8, 2023

Russia called the return of the leaders of "Azov battalion" a violation of the agreements by both the Turkish side and Kyiv

The return of the leaders of "Azov" from Turkey to Ukraine is a violation of the existing agreements, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

He noted that no one informed Russia about the transfer of militants.

 According to the terms of the agreements, they were supposed to stay in Turkey until the end of the conflict, the agreement was violated by both the Turkish side and Kyiv, the Kremlin stressed.

In September last year, the acting head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that after the exchange of prisoners with Kiev, 56 people were released, of which 55 were military personnel: five of them were from Donbass, the rest were Russian troops. 215 people were handed over to Ukraine, among whom were the leaders of the Azov terrorist regiment.

Erdogan also reported on the exchange. In January, the Hurriyet newspaper, citing sources, wrote that the "Azov"  were still in Turkey, which, as noted, was a demand from Russia.




  1. Россию никто не ставил в известность по поводу передачи Украине пяти командиров «Азова» (организация признана террористической и запрещена в России), находившихся в Турции. Об этом 8 июля заявил пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков.

    «По условиям договоренностей главари «Азова» должны были находиться на территории Турции до момента окончания конфликта. Россию никто не ставил в известность о передаче Украине главарей террористической группировки «Азова» из Турции», — сказал он «РИА Новости».

    Официальный представитель Кремля отметил, что возвращение командиров «Азова» является нарушением условий имевшихся договоренностей, их нарушили как Турция, так и Украина.

  2. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has said that he was coming back to Ukraine together with five commanders of the Azov nationalist battalion (banned and designated as a terrorist organization in Russia), who had been in Turkey.

    The video posted on Zelensky’s Telegram channel shows how the president and Andrey Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, are greeting the Ukrainian servicemen at the airport and boarding the plane together.

    "We are coming back home from Turkey," the Ukrainian president wrote.

    On September 22, 2022, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that more than 200 people had been transported to his country after a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.


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