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Council of Europe welcomes exchange of political prisoners between Ukraine and Russia

The body declared readiness to take part in reconciliation of parties
23:00, 7 September 2019
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The Council of Europe welcomed the exchange of political prisoners between Ukraine and Russia. CE Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland stated it, the press service of the Council reported.

The international organization added that they are ready to participate in the reconciliation process on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights provisions.

"The Council of Europe welcomes the release of prisoners by Russia and Ukraine today. This is an encouraging step towards the reconciliation of the two-member states of the Council of Europe and an important element of the Minsk process. Further steps will be necessary and we are ready to assist Ukraine and Russia in the reconciliation process on the basis of the standards and principles of the European Convention on Human Rights," Jagland said.
 
 
A large exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia according to the “35 by 35” formula took place today. Ukrainian prisoners flew to the Boryspil airport, where they were met by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, other senior officials and, of course, their relatives.

A full list of those who have returned is already published on the website of the President of Ukraine. All ex-captives will be sent for medical examination and rehabilitation.
 
 
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