Relatives of Ukrainian journalist Anhar Kochneva, who has been kidnapped in Syria, have asked Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to become a mediator in talks between Ukraine and the Syrian abductors, Segodnya daily newspaper said on Monday, Interfax informs.

"We have sent a letter to Kadyrov and we hope Ukrainian diplomats will support us," Kochneva's ex-husband Dmytro Petrov said.

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, in turn, told the newspaper that "if Kochneva's relatives pass the letter to us, we will consider it."

On February 1, newspaper Segodnya, referring to Kochneva's nephew Dmitry Astafurov, reported that the Syrian rebels who abducted Kochneva had demanded that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov be a mediator in talks with Ukraine.

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