Moscow has no intentions to release the Ukrainian captives illegally detained and judged in Russia, although this is stipulated by the Minsk deal. Dmitriy Peskov, the Kremlin’s press secretary said that as quoted by TASS.
According to him, the issue of their return should be discussed on the highest level – not during the Minsk group sessions.
‘As for those judged here in Russia… of course, they cannot be considered captives; they were convicted under the Russian legal framework. Anyway, such issues are discussed on the highest level, and it depends on the decision made by the head of the state,’ Peskov said.
Commenting the information that the sides plan the second stage of hostages release in Donbas, Peskov said the Russian side is so far not aware of these plans.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko insisted that the Ukrainian government should resume talks with Moscow, insisting on the release of Ukrainian hostages in the occupied Donbas and Russia. The head of the state said that at a briefing during his working visit to Odesa region.
'We can neither betray nor forget the captives. This is why I instructed the responsible agencies to resume the negotiations with Russia regarding the release of those arrested in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbas. Yesterday's release of our hostages is a historical event, it's the second birthday for them all', he said.