Kremlin says "nuances" remain on detainee swap with Ukraine
Russia agrees to exchanging detainees with Ukraine, adding that certain "nuances" remain in approaches to understanding what the "all for all" formula should mean, says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Commenting on Ukraine’s will to once again raise the issue of prisoner swap at the next meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Peskov told journalists in Moscow on Monday: "I'd like to convey the words of the Russian president that the Russian side has long been a supporter of this process, and in this case everything is stuck at the completely different approach of the parties to understanding what 'all for all' means," according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"Unfortunately, there are some nuances in the approaches," he noted.
Asked by UNIAN to elaborate on what these "nuances" are, Peskov replied: "I wouldn't do that."
As UNIAN reported earlier, March 13, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's humanitarian envoy to the TCG Iryna Gerashchenko said that the Ukrainian side was ready to hand over to Russia 25 Russian nationals and pardon 72 separatists in exchange for 19 Ukrainian civilians and soldiers held in Donbas.
On March 20, following a meeting with Ukraine's envoy to the TCG, Yevhen Marchuk, Gerashchenko said an appeal was made to the representatives of the OSCE and the Russian Federation in the TCG and the humanitarian subgroup to put on top agenda of a March 27 meeting the issue of determining the date of the immediate transfer to Russia of 25 Russian nationals convictyed in Urkaine in exchange for 25 political prisoners of the Kremlin.