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Putin ready for Normandy talks in case of urgency

Russian President is waiting for the results of preparations for a four-way Normandy-format summit
10:26, 4 November 2019

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for a Normandy meeting with the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany. He doesn't mind to hold negotiations in case of urgent need, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Putin, TASS reports.

"The president has repeatedly stated, at the conference in Budapest as well, that he is ready for any meetings, he is interested in continuing the Normandy-format summits," Peskov says.

However, Putin is “waiting for the results of the preparations,” as well as the conditions to hold an urgent and necessary meeting.

As we reported earlier, Moscow and Kyiv are now choosing candidates for the mutual prisoners’ exchange, according to the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko.

According to him, in the issue of the mutual prisoners’ exchange, Ukraine and Russia do not stick to the Normandy Format summit but if it facilitates the exchange, Kyiv has nothing against it. But for Ukrainian authority, any delay in the release of people is the tragedy.

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On October 30, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported about the non-public work of Moscow and Kyiv on the new prisoner swap.

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

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