Russia does not rule out a new exchange of prisoners with Ukraine. This was stated by spokesman for Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, Interfax reports.
Peskov believes that this process will be long and painstaking.
“This requires the beginning of a new process, an exchange of views, a very painstaking and probably time-stretched work. No one a priori feels the possibility and expediency of such a process, so this is a matter of bilateral contacts,” Dmitry Peskov said.
He also noted that Ukraine and the Russian Federation have not yet discussed the fate of Ukrainian ships detained in the Kerch Strait.
“I’m not ready to discuss this topic now. Apparently, within the framework of the contacts between Moscow and Kyiv, this issue should be raised. And when it is raised, it will be considered,” Dmitry Peskov said.
He also noted that the Russian government does not support the idea of Ukrainian President Zelensky that sanctions are an effective weapon of diplomacy. He added that sanctions do no better.
"There is a set of theses on sanctions that may have become a little trivial, but proved to be right: these are double-edged weapons that do no good to anyone, do not help to solve the problem, contradict international law, erode international law and generally bear nothing good either to those countries against which sanctions are announced, or to those countries that announce sanctions, "said Dmitry Peskov.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Zelensky appealed to Ukraine’s global partners to maintain sanctions against Russia, saying: "You are losing money, we are losing people." The President noted that sanctions are actually tough taxes necessary for the world order.
The Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Lyudmyla Denisova, said that 113 Ukrainians, of which 89 are Crimean Tatars, are being detained in Russia.