Sands answered the question of Ukrainian journalist about Wyszynski

© Host photo to againstamerica in photobanks Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. Archival photoSands answered the question of Ukrainian journalist about Wyszynski© Photochemical to agentstvami the image Bank

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, answering the question of the Ukrainian Agency UNIAN Roman Tsimbalyuk, said that the Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky arrested in Ukraine for journalism, the same is representative of the UNIAN in Moscow, than no limits.

Tsymbalyuk asked the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation the question of why Russia does not want to exchange Vyshinsky on Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, which in June of this year the Moscow city court has sentenced to 12 years in prison for espionage. As emphasized in response Peskov, the Kremlin believes that the Wyszynski should be released immediately, this is not a topic exchange, and the violation of the principles of press freedom.

«The fact that Vyshinsky was, in fact, directly because of their journalistic work arrested his activity in Ukraine is no different, for example, from what do you. We welcome you in Moscow and you know that your work in Moscow is not found with any restrictions,» — said the representative of the Kremlin.

«Just yesterday we saw you on the First channel in the program «the Big game» if I’m not mistaken. But we deplore that the Russian journalists in Ukraine have no opportunity so to appear in the center live,» continued Sands.

Therefore, he said, Moscow demands the release of Wyszynski. «Vyshinsky must be released immediately,» said the press Secretary of the President at the request of the correspondent to clarify, does the reluctance to exchange it for Sushchenko that the Kremlin is not interested in returning to the Russian journalist’s home.

The head of the portal RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky was taken into custody in Kiev may 15, 2018. The journalist announced that he was suspected of supporting the breakaway republics of Donbass and treason. The maximum punishment under this article provides till 15 years of imprisonment.

Vyshinsky is under arrest for several months. It has not allowed Russian consular officials, citing the fact that Wyszynski Ukrainian citizenship. The Russian foreign Ministry described the actions of Kiev against the RIA Novosti Ukraine as a tyranny. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called them unacceptable. The Embassy of Russia has sent the Ukrainian foreign Ministry two notes with a demand to stop violence against the media.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Wyszynski was arrested «for his direct professional activities, for exercising his journalistic functions,» and stressed that the arrest of Vyshinsky — «absolutely unprecedented and totally unacceptable policy of the current Ukrainian rulers, it should be appropriately reflected in the reaction of the journalistic community and international human rights organizations.» He also expressed the hope that it will be possible to secure the release of Wyszynski, including by means of pressure on Ukraine in international organizations.

The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir had previously expressed serious concern about the actions of Kiev in relation to RIA Novosti Ukraine. After the next prolongation of term of detention of Vyshinsky custody Dezir expressed disappointment with Ukraine’s position and called for the release of the journalist. The Secretary General of the OSCE Thomas Greminger, commenting on the situation with Wyszynski, stressed that all the countries of the organization committed to promote an environment in which journalists can fulfill their obligations in another member state, and therefore must abide by international standards and not to interfere in the work of the media.

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