Comments regarding negotiations on Sushchenko’s possible exchange only hinder process – Petrenko

Comments regarding the negotiations on a possible exchange of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was arrested in Russia, only hinder the process.

Such opinion has been expressed by Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko on TV channel "112 Ukraine".

According to the minister, the relevant negotiations are taking place at the diplomatic level.

"And I am convinced that they will be successful. We are doing everything possible for our citizens to return from Russian captivity," he added.

As reported, Ukrinform correspondent in France Roman Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow on September 30, where he arrived on a private visit. He was accused of “espionage”, allegedly being a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate denied allegations of the Russian Federal Security Service.

The Russian court ruled at its closed hearing on October 1 to arrest the journalist for two months - until November 30.

On October 7, the Russian Federation officially charged the Ukrainian journalist with spying. Sushchenko denies any guilt.


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