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Future prisoner swap shall become a step towards normalization of relations between Ukraine and Russia, - Putin

"I believe that Mr. Medvedchuk shall torture me in this matter," Russian President said joking
16:02, 5 September 2019

Izvestia

Future prisoner swap shall become a step towards normalization of relations between Ukraine and Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in his speech at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

"I believe that Mr. Medvedchuk shall torture me in this matter (in the matter of prisoner swap, - ed.)," Russian President said joking, noting that the Ukrainian politician is especially worried of several figurants of the prisoners' exchange who are now detained in Russian prisons.

Putin promised that the results of the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will become known soon. Russian President also predicts "full normalization" of relations between the two countries, which he has earlier repeatedly spoken of.

"We are finalizing our negotiations on the prisoner swap. I believe it will become quite big, large-scale, and that could become a good step towards normalization," Putin underlined.

As we reported earlier, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on exchange "33 on 33". President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he hoped for "first results" in the exchange of detainees between Ukraine and Russia soon.

Later, a press secretary of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larysa Sargan reported about the exchange "35 on 35".

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated he liked the idea to exchange all the prisoners in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. 

It was reported that Volodymyr Balukh, Mykola Karpyuk, Stanislav Klykh, Pavlo Gryb, and Oleksandr Kolchenko were taken to the Lefortovo detention center in Moscow and can be extradited to Ukraine to serve their sentences. This information appeared in the Russian media. Now, based on the sources of journalists, the question of extradition of five prisoners to Ukraine and the format of this procedure are being discussed.

 

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