Russia is waiting for a specific motivating factor, which will affect its position in relation to the release of the political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. Such opinion on air of “112 Ukraine” said the political scientist Peter oleschuk.
Unfortunately, no (reaction of the Russian Federation on requests for the release of Sentsov, – ed) , because there are relevant facts, Sentsov, unfortunately, continues to remain behind bars in Russia and have not yet seen the opportunities that this situation somehow changed. It is obvious that the Russian leadership applies to this situation specifically. We know that in the opinion of the Russian leadership, which was expressed repeatedly – “Sentsov is, first, a terrorist, and secondly the citizen”, so they do not see, at least formally, as they declare, grounds to how to release him or trade for someone. Obviously, the question is what Russia apparently waiting for her to get a specific motivating factor, which will affect its position,” he said.
Oleshchuk noted that in the case with the previous successful exchanges of prisoners, including in the exchange of the people’s Deputy of Hope Savchenko active part played by the leader of “Ukrainian choice” Viktor Medvedchuk.
“As far as I know and as far as I know, the author of this legal scheme, which dealt with the exchange Savchenko, was the one who directly took part in her release, is Medvedchuk. I understand that he is not taking such active participation in this matter. Apparently, in a situation when he Medvedchuk in Ukraine actively began his political career, a more active stage in the new political project, I think that since there declared that he will be responsible for the establishment of relations with Russia, it would be politically profitable enough to showcase their work,” he added.
“What the obstacles (exchange – ed) why this is not moving in this direction and in this form, as it were, for example, Savchenko, I honestly don’t know. I think that this is due to certain scandals that are now unfolding in Ukraine with the position of Russia itself, with personality, for example, figures Sentsov. I don’t know why it doesn’t happen that way, perhaps waiting for a big exchange of prisoners”, – he concluded.
We note that recently it became known that the participation of Medvedchuk in the negotiation process for the first time spoke German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Medvedchuk is a Ukrainian representative in the negotiations on exchange of prisoners in the Donbass (part of the sub-group on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral contact group).
As is known, may 2014 Viktor Medvedchuk was negotiating with representatives of “LNR” and “DNR” for finding a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbass. The result of the mediating negotiating group was the agreement to start a dialogue between the TAG (it includes representatives of the OSCE, Ukraine and Russia) and “DNR”, “LNR”. 23 and 27 June 2014 in this format were held two rounds of consultations, which resulted in an agreement on the introduction of ceasefire.
Viktor Medvedchuk says that negotiations on the exchange in the format of “all for all” is conducted continuously. Recall that in December last year, hosted the largest exchange according to the formula “306 74” (at the time of preparation of the exchange, Viktor Medvedchuk met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill).
As you know, thanks to the participation of Viktor Medvedchuk managed to release more than 480 of Ukrainian citizens.