Russia can’t guarantee that captured Americans won’t face death penalty — Kremlin . It depends on the investigation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

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Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov Alexander Ryumin/TASS
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov© Alexander Ryumin/TASS

NEW YORK, June 21. /TASS/. Russia can’t guarantee that the former Americans servicemen that were captured in Ukraine won’t face the death penalty, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with NBC television that was aired on Monday.

“I cannot guarantee anything. It depends on the investigation,” he said when asked if he could guarantee that the US prisoners of war won’t face the same fate as Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan national Brahim Saadoun who were earlier sentenced to death by a court in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The Daily Telegraph last week reported that two former US servicemen Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh were captured near Kharkov. The US State Department said on June 16 it was ready to engage with Russia regarding the US nationals that took part in the hostilities in Ukraine. It also again strongly advised Americans against going to Ukraine.

On February 24 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. The West retaliated to the Russian decision by imposing sweeping sanctions on the country and increased shipments of weapons to Kiev.

Moscow says in-depth review lacking for South Ossetia’s referendum to join Russia

On May 13, the republic’s Central Election Commission approved and submitted to then President Bibilov a package of documents on holding a referendum to join Russia

TSKHINVAL, June 21. /TASS/. South Ossetia’s plebiscite on joining Russia was declared by ex-President of the South Caucasian republic Anatoly Bibilov without an in-depth review by Moscow and therefore in violation of a bilateral agreement, Alan Dzhioyev, head of the South Ossetian presidential administration, told reporters on Tuesday.

“On June 14-15, 2022, a South Ossetian delegation led by the republic’s president Alan Gagloyev held consultations with [Russian] officials. <…> Following the consultations, a conclusion was made that the referendum had been declared without any prior in-depth review or coordination with Russia which contradicts the parties’ commitments” under an integration agreement, Dzhioyev noted.

Chair of South Ossetia’s Supreme Court Olesya Kochiyeva said the judges had no reason to suspect the decision to call a referendum had not been coordinated with Russia, pointing to signature lists signed by the republic’s former leaders.

On May 13, the republic’s Central Election Commission approved and submitted to then President Bibilov a package of documents on holding a referendum to join Russia. Bibilov issued a decree to set the plebiscite on July 17, and in late March, pledged legal steps for accession to Russia.

Gagloyev who won the latest South Ossetian presidential elections has told TASS a referendum should be called as soon as Moscow signals the time is ripe for one.