Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said that Western countries will never regain Russia’s trust. “Yes, this will be a protracted crisis, but we will never trust the West again,” he told NBC journalist Cyrus Simmons.
According to Simmons, the interview with Peskov lasted more than an hour, but only a few small fragments were released. NBC did not announce the release of the full version. Filming took place in Moscow.
“These guys were shooting at our army”
Peskov also failed to guarantee that Americans captured in Ukraine would not be sentenced to death in the DPR. When asked by an interviewer whether Alexander Dryuke and Andy Hune would suffer “the same fate” as two British nationals and a Moroccan sentenced to death in June, he said: “It will depend on the outcome of the investigation.”
The spokesperson pointed out that the participation of US citizens, who are not members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in the conflict is not within the scope of the Geneva Convention. Mercenaries “engage in illegal activities” in Ukraine. “These men were shooting at our soldiers on the battlefield. They themselves risk their lives, ”Peskov emphasized.
“There will be a court and there will be a court decision,” he said. Peskov described Druke and Hyun as “soldiers of fortune”, summing it up as “They should be punished”.
According to The Telegraph, Druke and Hyun were caught near Kharkov. US President Joe Biden knowledgeable It’s about the third American who went missing in Ukraine – a former Marine Corps officer, Grady Kurpasi.
Last week at the Russian Ministry of Defense declarationHe said that the flow of foreign mercenaries to Ukraine has decreased. Moreover, those who came before leave the country en masse. According to the agency, as of June 17, 2022, there are mercenaries and weapons specialists from 64 countries in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the special operations, 6956 people arrived there, 1956 died (214 of them US citizens).
“There is prosecution, nothing to do”
In his interview, Peskov also said that American basketball player Brittney Griner, who was arrested while trying to illegally import oil into the Russian Federation via Sheremetyevo Airport, is not a hostage. “Why should we call him hostage?” she wondered.
“There are many countries where you cannot enter with drugs. This is prosecuted by law, nothing can be done about it,” he said.
As Peskov points out, Russia is not “the only country in the world” with strict laws “in this sense”.
Greiner won the 2014 World Championships in Turkey, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 World Championships in Spain and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
12 May socialbites.ca I learnedThey want to trade Greiner for Viktor Bout, a Russian convicted of arms smuggling in an American prison.