Advisors to Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksandr Danyliuk and Ruslan Riaboshapka, have said the key priority in the president-elect's foreign policy will be the revitalization of the Normandy format to settle the Donbas issue and the return of prisoners of war (POWs), hostages and political prisoners illegally held in the temporarily occupied territory and the Russian Federation.
"The key thing for us, a priority, is the resumption of work, the revitalization of the Normandy format. It is important for us not to just hold a meeting as soon as possible, but to fill it with content," Danyliuk said.
He considers this an "important step." Danyliuk stressed Ukrainian voters expect that "we gradually find a solution to the war in the east of our country."
In turn, Team Zelensky's chief expert on law enforcement oversight and anti-corruption policies, Ruslan Riaboshapka, added that "the issue of Ukrainian sailors and all those citizens who are actually held hostage by the Russian side, was discussed [with representatives of the EU]. This is also one of the priorities, including in the foreign policy, along with the resumption of effective work within the framework of the Normandy format."