We select candidates for prisoner swap with Moscow, - Ukraine’s Foreign Minister

Ukraine and Russia do not stick to the Normandy Format summit in the issue of the prisoners’ exchange
13:34, 1 November 2019

ATR TV channel

Moscow and Kyiv choose suitable candidates for the mutual prisoners’ exchange, which should take place soon as TSN reported citing Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko.

“…it is the period of selection of suitable candidates for the exchange, the study of their cases and the simultaneous possibility of release. The exchange is the phrase, which is used mostly in media, we use another phrase – simultaneous release. It is more likely to the things on which both sides are working,” Prystaiko said.

According to him, in the issue of the mutual prisoners’ exchange, Ukraine and Russia do not stick to the Normandy Format summit but if it facilitates the exchange, Kyiv has nothing against it. But for Ukrainian authority, any delay in the release of people is the tragedy.

Related: Minsk Talks: Prisoner swap, Donbas special status, amnesty, elections were discussed

On October 30, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported about the non-public work of Moscow and Kyiv on the new prisoner swap.

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

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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