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Macron Says He Discussed Hunger Striker Sentsov with Putin

Macron Says He Discussed Hunger  Striker Sentsov with Putin

PARIS/MOSCOW - French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone to Russia’s Vladimir Putin about the case of a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in Russian jail, Macron’s office said on Friday.
Sentsov, 42, was arrested in Crimea after the Ukrainian territory was seized by Russian forces and annexed in 2014. He was jailed for 20 years on terrorism charges which he says are politically motivated, and has been on hunger strike since May to highlight Russia’s human rights record.
“The President of the Republic conveyed to President Putin his concerns, given that the health of MrSentsov seems to have worsened dangerously, and the importance that Russia urgently finds a humanitarian solution to the situation,” a statement from Macron’s Elysee Palace said. “President Putin committed to respond and to quickly publish information on MrSentsov’s health,” it said. A statement published by the Kremlin after the conversation did not mention Sentsov, but Interfax later quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as confirming that the subject was discussed, without providing any more details. (Reuters)