Russia threatened “reaction” to detention in the Czech Republic of the fighter Franchetti who can be extradited to Ukraine
Moscow sent a note of protest to Prague.Franchetti was detained at the Prague airport at the request of Ukrainian law enforcement officers / Screenshot
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Ambassador Vitezslav Pivonka for the detention in the Czech Republic of Russian Alexander Franchetti , who took part in the occupation of Crimea by the so-called “Crimean Spring”.
This is stated in the message of Lavrov’s department.
Russia requires the diplomat to provide detailed information on the motives for the actions of the Czech authorities and the offenses charged against the Russian citizen during the conversation.
“Prague has been warned that the continuation of Prague’s destructive lines towards Russia and its citizens will lead to further degradation on the initiative of the Czech side of bilateral relations and will not go unnoticed by us,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Moscow sent a note of protest to Prague.
Earlier, in a comment to UNIAN, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko confirmed that Ukraine would demand that the Czech authorities extradite the occupier to Ukraine.
Oleksandra Franchetti was detained at the Prague airport at the request of Ukrainian law enforcement officers. It turned out that the Russian, who helped the Russian military capture Crimea in 2014, now has a residence permit in the Czech Republic.
Franchetti is accused of participating in illegal armed groups. In the spring of 2014, he arrived in Sevastopol, after which he joined the formation “Defense of Sevastopol”.
He soon organized a “reconnaissance group” “North Wind”, which carried out terror against the pro-Ukrainian population of the city. He took part in a special operation by Russia (the aggressor country) to capture Crimea. He was awarded the Russian medal “For the Return of Crimea”.
Occupation of Crimea by Russia
Russia occupied the Ukrainian Crimea, bringing its troops to the peninsula and organizing a pseudo-referendum in March 2014 on its self-determination. The self-proclaimed Crimean authorities stated that 96.77% of the peninsula’s residents were in favor of Crimea’s accession to Russia.
On March 18, 2014, the so-called “agreement” on the admission of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation was signed in the Kremlin.
Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and imposed sanctions against Russia.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea on February 20, 2014. Since the beginning of the occupation, more than 100 Ukrainians have become “prisoners of the Kremlin” on the peninsula.
After the occupation of Crimea in 2014, Russia conducts regular military exercises on the peninsula and in the Black Sea, as well as imports military equipment, in particular, air defense systems.
The General Staff of Ukraine calls the actions of the Russian military in Crimea illegal.
In December 2019, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from the annexed Crimea and end the temporary occupation of Ukraine.