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Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap should continue, - Putin's spokesman Peskov

Kremlin found difficult to announce particular terms of the new stage of the exchange
15:31, 10 September 2019

TASS

Kremlin states that the prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine should continue. However, it is difficult to announce particular terms of the new stage of the exchange as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Spokesperson of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

“It is understood that the process should be continued, moreover, in accordance with Minsk Agreements,” he said answering the question of the journalists whether the prisoner swap will be continued.

He also noted: “It would be premature to talk about the terms of the next exchange but there is understanding that it should take place”.

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Spokesperson of the Russian president reminded that “great preparatory work, quite meticulous, preceded” the first round of the exchange.

Earlier Peskov stated that the exchange of captives between the Russian Federation and Ukraine gives grounds for cautious optimism both for normalizing bilateral relations and the implementation of Minsk agreements

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

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24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

 

 

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