The Kremlin on Saturday slammed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky‘s resolution to repatriate a number of Ukrainian commanders who ought to have remained in Turkey till the top of the battle below a deal.
The Ukrainian presidency confirmed that it had secured the return of members of the crack Azov regiment, which is despised in Russia, after “negotiations with the Turkish aspect.”
They have been greeted at Istanbul airport by Zelensky, who was on a go to to Turkey.
“The return of Azov commanders from Turkey to Ukraine is nothing however a direct violation of the phrases of current agreements,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian information companies.
He stated each Ukraine and Turkey had violated the phrases of the settlement, below which the boys have been supposed to stay in Turkey till the top of the battle.
Peskov stated the return was linked to the “failure of the counter-offensive” launched by Ukraine, and Ankara’s need to indicate its “solidarity” forward of a July 11-12 NATO summit in Vilnius.
“Preparations for the NATO summit are underway and naturally, there was a variety of strain on Turkey,” he stated.
A part of the Azov regiment of the Ukrainian military, shaped on the idea of the ultranationalist battalion of the identical title, was captured by Russian forces after the autumn of Mariupol in Could 2022.
Celebrated as heroes in Ukraine for his or her stiff resistance throughout the Azovstal manufacturing facility throughout the siege of Mariupol, Azov’s fighters are reviled in Russia for his or her hyperlinks with Ukrainian ultra-nationalists.