Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claimed after the meeting of the Normandy Four foreign ministers that Russian Sergy Lavrov recognized that the exchange of the prisoners is not a political issue as 112.ua reported.
"It is very important that Heiko (German Foreign Minister Maas) and Jean-Yves (French Foreign Minister le Drian) got really special emotion after the meeting with the relatives of our political prisoners and hostages. And we were together two days putting pressure on Lavrov and telling him that Russia does not want to return its Russians, does not want to talk about the exchanges, does not want to complete the exchange in Donbas, does not want to search for the lost in Donbas along with the Red Cross. Finally, Lavrov recognized that it is not a political issue," he noted.
The date of the next exchange of the prisoners is unknown. Ukraine claimed on the readiness to exchange 23 Russians for its political prisoners in Russia during the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk. The pro-Russian militants demand to pass them 80 convicted for 15 Ukrainians. According to Iryna Gerashchenko, the former pro-government officers of 'Berkut', terrorists and Russians are on the list.