They noted that they had accepted the decision of Belarus with regret.

“Of course, the Republic of Belarus is an independent state with its own position, but the Ukrainian side expected a more legally correct and balanced decision,” the Zelensky office said in a message on the Telegram channel.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reminded Belarus of the principle of reciprocity in matters of international legal assistance and extradition.

On August 14, Belarus handed over to Russia 32 Russians detained at the end of July near Minsk. 

Another Russian citizen detained in Belarus, who also has Belarusian citizenship, remained on the territory of Belarus.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced that he had received a letter from his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin outlining the facts surrounding the situation with the Russians detained in the republic.

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine also sent a request to Belarus for the extradition of 28 of the 33 Russian citizens detained near Minsk.