Sep 08, 09:19
Moskalkova invited Moscow and Kiev to sign an agreement to close cases
In her opinion, Russia and Ukraine need to conclude an agreement that will become part of a program to normalize relations between the two countries.
Photo: Ilya Pitalev / RIA Novosti
Russia and Ukraine should conclude an interstate agreement that will allow, on an equal footing, to stop the criminal prosecution of citizens of both countries. This was reported by the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova. The text of the statement is published on its website.
“[The agreement will allow] to resolve by legal means the issues of terminating the criminal prosecution against them [citizens] on an equal footing,” the publication says.
The Ombudsman proposed such an arrangement, commenting on the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. She called the incident "a big step" on the return of citizens of the two countries home and explained that it should become part of a systematic program to normalize relations between the two countries. Moskalkova also noted the need for “broad outreach” on the rights of citizens participating in exchanges between countries — so that people are not prosecuted if they travel from Ukraine to Russia or vice versa.