President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called unfair Belarusian authorities’ decision to hand over 32 detained citizens to Russia and said that the consequences of it could be tragic.
32 Russian citizens detained earlier on the territory of Belarus have been returned to Russia, Prosecutor General's Office of Russia informed on Friday. The thirty-third Russian citizen, detaining also Belarusian citizenship, remained on the territory of the republic. The transfer was carried out in strict accordance with the norms of international law and national legislation of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, Russian Ambassador to Minsk Dmitry Mezentsev stated on Friday.
“In my opinion, this is strange, incorrect and definitely unacceptable within friendly interstate relations. We consider this decision, to put it mildly, unfair, one that does not correspond to the spirit of relations between Ukraine and Belarus, based on respect and mutual assistance principles. The consequences of this decision will be tragic. We understand that the Wagnerites will still return to their usual occupation which is spreading war. God grant that the Belarusian authorities do not have to get another burning, bloodless Donbass on their territory, which all these Wagnerites are very good at creating,” Zelensky wrote in his Telegram.
According to him, the office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine applied to the General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus to extradite the detained citizens to Ukraine.