Moscow hopes that Russian journalist Oksana Sazonova, who has been detained in Kosovo, will be released as soon as possible, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.


“Russia is concerned about the reported detention of Russian journalist Oksana Sazonova and her colleague, Ukraine’s citizen Sergei Belous, in the Autonomous Province of Kosovo in the Republic of Serbia overnight into September 16. According to the available preliminary data, Kosovo police accuse them of illegally crossing the administrative line between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia,” the ministry said.


The Foreign Ministry noted that “the Russian Embassy in Serbia and its office in Pristina are making strenuous efforts through the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo for the prompt release of journalists.”


Moscow expects the international organizations to make all the necessary contribution to the release of the detained reporters, the statement read.