Ukraine's Foreign Minister urged his Russian counterpart to release Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Dmytro Kuleba asked Sergei Larov to work more actively in this regard
15:13, 1 May 2020
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to work more actively on the release of Ukrainian prisoners in the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea. Kuleba said this during an online briefing, the press service of the MFA reports.

“Of course, we paid attention to the issue of exchanging held individuals and welcomed exchanges that have taken place. But, of course, we are still far from implementing the “all for all” formula for exchanging so we need to move forward. Here, Russia and Ukraine should continue to interact. I emphasized the need to release the Ukrainians held in the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied Crimea, and called on my Russian counterpart to carry out active work on them," Kuleba said.

He added that for his part, he confirmed his readiness for cooperation so that Ukrainians would return home not only from the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but also from the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea.
The meeting of the advisers of the leaders of the Normandy Format summit planned for March 12 is postponed due to the quarantine as Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak reported.

“The meeting of the advisers had to take place on March 12 but due to the quarantine, it was postponed. We will hold a phone talk the next week at the level of the advisers; we will also discuss the date of the possible summit of the leaders,” he said.

Yermak also noted that the summit should take place in Berlin, most likely, in April 2020.

Earlier, the Trilateral contact group for the solution of Donbas conflict (Minsk talks group) agreed on the creation of an advisory board. It will comprise of representatives of Ukraine and self-proclaimed 'republics' of Donbas (ten from each, with the right for decisive vote), Germany, France and the OSCE (one from each, with the right for conciliatory vote). 

Besides, Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Russia Dmitry Kozak believes that the creation of the Advisory Board at the Trilateral Contact group with the participation of the representatives of the Normandy Format will enable the dialogue of Kyiv and Donbas.

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