According to him, the border guards said that Iryna Herashchenko was "persona non grata in the Russian Federation" after they had spent three hours at the border.
"Iryna is a member of the Minsk contact group, that is why all actions of the border guards are a part of a deliberate campaign to deny the Ukrainian delegation access to the trial of Nadiia Savchenko," Tseholko wrote.
This information was also confirmed by MP Oleksii Riabchyn, who headed to Russia to attend Savchenko's trial together with Herashchenko as a part of the Ukrainian delegation: " Iryna Herashchenko was banned entry to Russia. The member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Minsk negotiator was denied entry until 2021. What a disgrace! They have been checking passports of 10 people at the border for three hours!"
Earlier, a group of lawmakers from the Petro Poroshenko and Batkivshchyna parliamentary factions left for Russia to attend the hearing, where the verdict to Ukrainian pilot Nadiia Savchenko was scheduled to be delivered at.
The Ukrainian delegation consisted of Maria Ionova, Olena Kondratiuk, Iryna Lutsenko, Oleksii Riabchyn, Vadym Ivchenko, Serhii Yevtushok, Valerii Dubilei, Viktor Kryvenko, and President of Ukraine Spokesperson Sviatoslav Tseholko.
"We got word that the Russian Federation denies access to Nadiia's supporters. I hope they'll have a good sense to grant access to MPs with diplomatic passports, including members of PACE and other international organizations. Otherwise it would be too defiantly," Herashchenko wrote yesterday.