Violation of Agreement: Azov Leaders’ Return to Ukraine from Turkey by Ankara and Kiev

The Kremlin said that the return of the leaders of the Azov terrorist group from Turkey to Ukraine is a violation of the terms of the existing agreements, stressing that the conditions for the return were violated by the Turkish and Ukrainian sides.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “under the terms of the agreements, the leaders of the Nazi extremist group Azov were to remain in Turkey until the end of the conflict.” The spokesman stressed that “Ankara and Kyiv violated the agreement.”

Peskov indicated that Russia was not informed about the transfer of militants.

Denis Pushlin, interim president of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said in September last year that after the exchange of prisoners with Kiev, 56 people were released, including 55 military personnel, since “five of them are from Donbass, and the rest are from Russian forces.” 215 people have been extradited to Ukraine, including the leaders of the Azov terrorist regiment.

For his part, Erdogan announced the exchange, as the Hurriyet newspaper wrote last January, citing sources, that the Azov fighters were still in Turkey, which Russia insisted on in accordance with the agreements.

Earlier today, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he had returned to Ukraine along with five commanders of the Azov regiment who were in Turkey.

Source: RT

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