Viktor Mededchuk, the representative of “Opposition block – For life,” is the only channel of information delivery to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, as President Poroshenko said at the press conference on December 16, 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
“We realize that de facto Medvedchuk is Putin’s representative at this talks. And he is the only channel for position delivery. …If this is a question to the President, that he has to hold meetings and prepare any proposals, which can help to return our guys (the prisoners on the occupied territory, political prisoners), I will do this, I will hold the meetings,” the President said.
Medvedchuk is Ukraine’s representative at the negotiations on a prisoner exchange in Donbas (he is the member of a subgroup on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral Contact Group).
As it was reported, since May 2014, Viktor Medvedchuk conducted negotiations with the representatives of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics on finding the ways of a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas. The agreement on the beginning of the dialogue between the Trilateral Contact Group (which includes the representatives of OSCE, Ukraine, and Russia) and the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics was the result of the activity of the mediatory negotiation group. Two consulting rounds in such format took place on June 23, 24, 2014, which resulted in the agreement on a ceasefire.
Viktor Medvedchuk stated that the negotiations on the exchange in an “all for all” format are being conducted all the time. In December 2017, the largest exchange by “306 for 74” formula took place.
Thanks to the participation of Viktor Medvedchuk, more than 480 Ukrainian citizens were released.