20:05 GMT13 June 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow hopes to receive permission from the Belarusian authorities for a consular meeting with detained Russian citizen Sofia Sapega soon, the foreign ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Tuesday.

    Sapega, aged 23, who was travelling with Nexta Telegram channel co-founder Roman Protasevich, was detained together with him when their flight made an emergency landing in Minsk on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Sapega's father told Sputnik that neither a lawyer nor a consul had met with her so far.

    "We expect to receive a permission for a consular meeting with Sapega in the near future," Zakharova said in a comment, released by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    Previously, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said it is ready to protect Sapega if her rights are infringed. 

    Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry, Belarus, Russia
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