Russian President Vladimir Putin is his 12th press conference in 2016 today, on December 23.. It was scheduled for December 22, but it was rescheduled for today due to yesterday’s memorial service for the Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov murdered in Turkey.
1437 journalists were accredited this time, most of them represent regional Russian media.
Vladimir Putin said that relations with Ukraine will return to normal.
“I believe that sooner or later relations with Ukraine will return to normal,” he said. He also noted that the Kerch bridge will be particularly helpful when the relations return to normal. He also named the lack of energy resources to be the mani problem of the occupied Crimea.
- Prisoners of war exchange
The Russian President agrees to 'all-for-all' prisoner exchange formula, but there are some details which is not sitting well for the militants.
“We all do everything to free people held by both sides to be freed. The more full-scale the exchange is, the better. In due time President Poroshenko expressed an idea to exchange ‘all-for-all’, and personally I strongly agree. But it turned out later that there some details of the formula, which do not satisfy Donbas residents,” Putin said, explaining that ‘all persons held in Donbas are called illegally detained by the Ukrainian authorities.“But there is a considerable number of people in Ukrainian prisons, who Ukraine considers to be legally convicted, and they do not want to include these people into the exchange list. Here is a problem,” noted the President of Russia.