US demands Russia releases Ukraine filmmaker

Secretary of State Pompeo says Oleg Sentsov should be ‘immediately released’ in call with counterpart Lavrov

Oleg Sentsov is believed to be in critical condition.


Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to “immediately release” jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for 102 days.

“The secretary noted our concerns about Sentsov’s health and urged Russia to immediately release Sentsov and all Ukrainian political prisoners,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a readout of the call.

The two diplomats also discussed the situation in Syria, including military activities in Idlib province, Nauert said.

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