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Minsk group parties agree on one group of prisoners to be exchanged, - Ukraine's MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

"The question is, should we exchange these people now or try broadening the list and release everyone", Vadym Prystaiko said
08:47, 23 December 2019

Vadym Prystayko, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to NATO
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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko claims that Minsk talks group has agreed on one group of prisoners to be exchanged between Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republics of Donbas. The diplomat said so in an interview with Ukrinform news agency

"Minsk talks group received seven tasks. We actually hoped for a little more progress in this regard. We agreed on one group of people that are definitely ready for the exchange. The question is, should we exchange these people now or try broadening the list and release everyone", Prystaiko said.

According to him, the Ukrainian side is eager to bring back as many people as possible before the New Year's eve. This is why the OSCE coordinator made the decision to hold a video conference and complete the work on the lists.

Related: Negotiations on prisoner exchange continue, - Ukraine's representative in Minsk talks

Previously, the parties to the Minsk group could not agree on the release of prisoners in government-controlled Ukraine and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Ukrainian side insisted on the "all for all" exchange but the group could not reach any consensus on the lists of the detainees.

Related: Prisoners’ exchange hampered by refusal of some detainees to return to Donbas

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