It is impossible to bargain when the issue is about the fate of people. Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform for life stated during Big Interview, which will be broadcasted by 112 Ukraine on May 4 at 9:20 p.m.
“Mr. Zelensky should think and learn from the mistakes of others that the issue of a bargain is out of the question: when the issue is about the fate of people, it is impossible to bargain. The example of Israel: Israel gave 1,026 people, including 400 people convicted for the murder of two and more persons, for one sergeant. In other words, they are terrorists, bandits and they were exchanged for one sergeant of the Israeli Army. What bargain is possible, when the issue is about 62 people and the other side requires the release of 185 people? Who possesses a right to bargain on the fact that people from both sides (and I want to remind, the citizens of Ukraine) want to return home, to relatives and family? And if somebody is trading then it is a cynicism, which is evaluated,” he said.
“Therefore, it is the example for the president, who will take office, the example what should be done in this issue and how to release people. He had all the possibilities to do it. That is why, I talked about the issue of the economic cooperation and price of gas, which can reduce the tariffs, the issue of peace in Donbas during my interview to Reuters. It is all there; it is possible to do in the presence of one thing – the political will of the head of the state,” Medvedchuk added.
“Poroshenko abandoned the promises he gave to me. And Medvedchuk, in my turn, considering the fact that it was me, who appealed to Mr. Putin, exactly I asked him to call Donetsk and Luhansk and they refused for such exchange: 306 for 7, without those people on whom they insisted to return to Donetsk and Luhansk…It was me, who made commitments these people, and Mr. Putin and heads of unrecognized territorial formation Pasichnyk and Pushylin in Donetsk and Luhansk. I also said that if we depart from our agreements, which I sounded and which were agreed with Poroshenko, then I do not want to come to Minsk to the session of the humanitarian task group, especially as the issues of the exchange are not going to be solved. The issue of the preparation for the exchanges are solved there. I stated about it publicly and said: “If you want you can exchange but I agreed to do it, in 3-5 days by the way as soon as you agree on the arrangements, which I was given and which I gave in Moscow, Donetsk and Luhansk”. Considering the fact that this situation did not change, I have not been in Minsk since May. In such a situation, there were no exchanges because President Poroshenko did not express the political will, in other words, he was not effective in this issue. He did not want it. He did not want to release people requested by Donetsk and Luhansk on purpose as well as on whom we agreed as at the second stage: all identified for all identified, those who could return home to the relatives and family. We have 62 people and they have 185. So, President Poroshenko was not effective. That is why no exchange took place,” he concluded.
Earlier Medvedchuk revealed why the prisoner’s exchanges are not held for three years. According to him, it is the attitude of current President Petro Poroshenko.
Previous exchange took place on December 27, 2017. After that, Russia has totally blocked the process. Russian representatives in Minsk reject any options offered by the Ukrainian side.
The full interview of Viktor Medvedchuk will be available on May 4, at 9:20 p.m. at 112 Ukraine TV Channel.