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Moscow corrected Ukrainian Foreign Minister's statement on upcoming prisoners' exchange

"Prystaiko's information is incorrect. The exchange work is being carried out within the framework of a contact group in Minsk. There will be no exchange next week, as far as I know from competent people involved in this process," Chesnakov reported
17:20, 5 October 2019
 
Head of the Center for Political Conjuncture Oleksiy Chesnakov, who is close to the negotiation process in Ukraine corrected the statement by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko. This statement said said that a new prisoners' exchange between Kyiv and the so-called republics of Donbas could take place next week.

"Prystaiko's information is incorrect. The exchange work is being carried out within the framework of a contact group in Minsk. There will be no exchange next week, as far as I know from competent people involved in this process," Chesnakov reported.

Earlier, Prystaiko announced a large-scale exchange will happen next week.

“You see that we succeeded to exchange our people. Soon, literally, next week, we plan an even larger exchange,” Prystaiko reported.

Related: Prystaiko discusses Russian aggression with Georgian Foreign Minister Zakaliani

He reiterated that on November 28, 2015, Steinmeier formula was firmed. This document was elaborated by German and French Foreign Ministers.

However, the authority did not hold any communication with the society on this plan, as Prystaiko noted.

He also underlined that Steinmeier formula is just a part of the process, which was started by Zelensky. The attempt to reach people who stay over the division line, build bridges, renew ties with people, stop shooting, disengage forces, start payments of pensions, return prisoners from Russian, Donbas and Crimean jails are among the main goals of the president. These steps will be made gradually, Prystaiko said.

The Normandy Format meeting will take place, on the proposal of the western partner of Ukraine, to draw things in common for these steps.

Related: Zelensky plans to disengage troops all over entire division line in Donbas, - Prystaiko

 
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