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Ukraine, Turkey agree to coordinate efforts on political prisoners release, - Poroshenko

Earlier, Ukraine provided Turkey with a complete list of all political prisoners held in Russian prisons
21:38, 3 November 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Ukraine and Turkey agreed to continue working on the release of Ukrainian political prisoners. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this at a joint briefing with the President of Turkey. The briefing was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

'We highly appreciate the assistance of Turkey and Mr. President personally in the release of political prisoners. We are very grateful for the release of Ahtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov. We agreed regarding those prisoners who are illegally detained in the occupied Crimea and on the territory of the Russian Federation... we will continue to coordinate the process of release of political prisoners', noted Poroshenko.

'Not only me and President Erdogan, but the whole world is taking care of the release of Ukrainian hostages. We talked about this issue the day before yesterday with German Chancellor Merkel; I will raise this question during my visit to Helsinki and Paris in November. We will do everything possible so that Sentsov, Sushchenko, Balukh and other political prisoners are at home as soon as possible. And the international support plays a crucial role in resolving this problem,' Poroshenko added.

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Ukraine also provided Turkey with the complete list of all political prisoners held in Russian prisons. It was not reported when exactly Erdogan planned to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the release of Ukrainian political prisoners.

Earlier, the President of Ukraine invited the Turkish peacekeepers as part of the UN mission 'to take part in the making peace in Donbas'. Petro Poroshenko said this during a joint briefing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

'I offered the President to intensify our dialogue, including supporting the decision regarding the deployment of peacekeepers in accordance with the UN Security Council mandate. We trust Turkey and we would be glad if Turkey took part in establishing peace in Donbas by deploying its peacekeeping mission as part of the UN', said Poroshenko.

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