Kremlin calls prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia "reason for cautious optimism"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Putin's press secretary Peskov did not explain why Ukrainians were among those prisoners who arrived in Russia
16:10, 9 September 2019

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The exchange of captives between the Russian Federation and Ukraine gives grounds for cautious optimism both for normalizing bilateral relations and the implementation of Minsk agreements. Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of President Vladimir Putin, stated that as Interfax-Ukraine News Agency informed.

"We appreciate and welcome the exchange. Certainly, it gives a reason for cautious optimism concerning to continue searching ways for normalizing Russian-Ukrainian relations," Peskov said. "And of course, what is the main thing (that optimism gives - ed.) is providing with conditions for the implementation of Minsk agreements," he added.

The press secretary of the Russian President emphasized that he would not comment on the prisoners' exchange list. He also did not explain why Ukrainians were among those prisoners who arrived in Russia. 

Related: Zelensky, Putin discuss prisoners swap and possible meeting in Normandy format

Peskov did not comment on the question of when the list of ex-prisoners of Russia would be published as well as the President's Decree pardoning the captured Ukrainians. 

The Spokesperson also left unanswered the question about possible applying for Russian citizenship by Ukrainians who arrived in the Russian Federation after the exchange. 

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