Peskov accuses Turkey and Ukraine of violating agreements on Azovstal defenders

Dmitry Peskov, Spokesman for the Russian dictator, has accused Ukraine and Turkey of violating the agreements after five commanders who defended Azovstal steelworks were brought back to their homeland.

According to Peskov, the commanders from Azovstal being brought from Turkey to Ukraine is a violation of terms of the existing agreements, both by Turkey and Ukraine.

He also said that no one informed Russia about the Azovstal defenders being brought back to Ukraine.

Putin’s press secretary said that according to the agreement terms, Azovstal defenders were supposed to stay on the territory of Turkey “until the end of the conflict”.

According to Peskov, the decision to extradite Azovstal defenders to Kyiv, violating existing agreements, is allegedly related to “failures” in Ukraine’s counteroffensive.

Peskov also stated that Turkey was allegedly under great pressure following the preparations for the NATO summit. And Ankara, as an alliance member, shows solidarity with it, and the Russian Federation “understands everything perfectly”, but violation of agreements does not make anyone look good.Previously: On Saturday, 8 July, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that the military commanders who defended Azovstal are being brought back to Ukraine after being released from Russian captivity as part of an exchange from Turkey.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine’s agreements with Russia stipulate that the five leaders of the Azov Regiment will remain in Turkey until the end of the war. But Kyrylo Budanov, Head of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence stated that Ukrainian military commanders will live in Turkey “for some time”.

Later, the President’s press service clarified that five commanders from Azovstal Iron and Steel Works were brought back to Ukraine on Saturday following negotiations with Turkey.

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