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Ukrainian nationals kept in Russian prisons granted consular access — Lavrov

December 08, 2017, 14:37 UTC+3 VIENNA

They also have a possibility of meeting their relatives when necessary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said

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VIENNA, December 8. /TASS/. Ukrainian nationals serving their terms in Russian prisons on charges of committing grave crimes are granted consular access and possibilities to have meetings with relatives, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday after the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna.

He said that the issue of Ukrainians kept at Russian prisons had not been in focus of his yesterday’s meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavel Klimkin. "We explained that Ukrainian nationals who are also holders of Russian passports are kept in full conformity with our laws," Lavrov said. "They are granted no consular access as they are our citizens."

"Ukrainian nationals who are kept in prisons on charges of committing a number of grave crimes are granted both consular access and possibility of meeting their relatives when necessary," he stressed.

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