Ukraine, Russia to hold talks on fate of Ukrainian fisherman

The Ukrainian and Russian consular services will hold consultations in Moscow on September 12-13 regarding the fate of Ukrainian fisherman Oleksandr Fedorovych, who survived an incident with Russian border guards in the Azov Sea.

Director of the Information Policy Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Yevhen Perebyinis said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"Pursuant to the agreement reached by the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia, consultations will be held in Moscow on September 12-13 at the level of the directors of the consular services of the foreign ministries of the two countries, during which one of the main issues will be the discussion of the mentioned issue [regarding the situation with Fedorovych]," he said.

He said that Fedorovych was currently at liberty in the city of Yeysk. "The key task is to change the measure of restraint - a travel ban, as well as to ensure his speedy return home," the diplomat said.

As reported, Fedorovych is a fisherman who survived the collision of a Ukrainian fishing vessel with a Russian coast guard motorboat in the Azov Sea on July 17, in which four Ukrainians were killed. He said at a meeting with Ukraine's consul that the Russians had deliberately rammed the vessel with Ukrainian fishermen, and a video that actually proves his words later appeared on the Internet.