MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. Ukraine is seeking to politicize the situation around the detention of two Russian citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
"Since the first day of their detention, the Russian embassy in Ukraine has been trying to organize a meeting of a Russian consul with them," the ministry said. "But this problem has not yet been solved."
"The Ukrainian authorities are politicizing this matter using mass media for that purpose," the ministry underscored."
Moscow has urged Kiev’s authorities to promptly ensure Russian embassy representative’s access to two Russian citizens - Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov who have been detained in Ukraine.
The corresponding demand was voiced in the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday to Ukraine’s temporary charge d'affaires in Russia, the ministry said.
"The Russian side stressed that since the first day of their detention, the Russian embassy in Ukraine had been trying to organize a meeting of a Russian consul with them," the ministry said. "But this problem has not yet been solved. It was noted that the Ukrainian authorities were politicizing this matter using mass media for that purpose," the ministry underscored."
The Russian side urged to provide access to the two Russian citizens the soonest possible, the ministry added.
Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov were arrested by a Kiev court last Thursday.
The two Russian citizens are facing a prison term of at least 15 years, spokesman for the Security Service of Ukraine Vitaly Naida said shortly before. He noted that they were suspected of carrying out "terrorist attacks" under Article 258 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code. "They may be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison," he said.
Last Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry made a statement expressing hope for "the release of the former service members detained by Ukraine’s Security Service." "At the time of their detention on May 17, Russian nationals Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev captured by Ukraine’s Security Service in the Luhansk region were not on active service in the Russian Armed Forces," Defence Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.
"We checked the Ukrainian side’s information. These guys used to serve in a unit of the Russian Armed Forces and underwent military training. Moreover, I can confirm that the leadership of the Association of Veterans of Special Operations Forces had asked us to contact Ukraine’s General Staff through official channels to put an end to tortures of their wounded comrades by Security Service officers aimed at securing expected confessions," Konashenkov said.
"We reckon on the prudence of the Ukrainian leadership and the speedy release of Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev," he added.