Process of prisoners' exchange is at decisive stage, - Ukraine's MFA head

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, this exchange will include three groups of people
16:49, 12 October 2019
The previously announced exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and the Russian Federation includes three groups of people. MFA head Vadym Prystaiko stated this in an interview with Radio Liberty.

"... I want to say that this process is in a decisive stage. I'm sorry, but I can’t tell you dates and how many people will be exchaged," Prystaiko said.

At the same time, the Minister noted that this exchange will be more complicated than the previous one.

"This exchange is much more complex, and it consists of several groups of people. Among them there are all groups we want to exchange. Let's just say there are three groups of people," he added.

Commenting on the thesis that in recent years, both in the occupied Donbas and in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government, a number of sentences have been approved, Prystaiko emphasized: "This is a necessary part of the process."

As we reported, Kremlin agrees to exchange prisoners with Ukraine in "all for all" format. This was stated by the spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

He stated that the exchange of prisoners in this format should be the ultimate goal. Peskov also noted that work in this context continues.

"From the Russian side, it has been stated for a long time that Russia would be happy to exchange 'all for all'," Dmitry Peskov said.

He added that everything depends on the readiness of both parties.

As we reported earlier, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystayko declared that the large Ukraine-Russia prisoners’ exchange is planned for next week.

“You see that we succeeded to exchange our people. Soon, literally, the next week, we plan even larger exchange,” Prystaiko reported.

On September 7, the first round of prisoners’ exchange was held in "35 for 35" format. 24 sailors, journalist Roman Sushchenko, director Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Pavlo Gryb, Stanislav Klych, Mykola Karpyuk, Volodymyr Balukh, Yevgen Panov, Arthur Panov, Edem Bekirov and Mykola Sizanovich returned to Ukraine.

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