Ukraine, Russia to swap several held persons within month – Prystaiko

14:30, 16 July 2019
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"We have agreed to make a swap of a certain number of what we call captives, within a month. President Zelensky said '10 for 10,' '15 for 15.' In principle, we are not stuck on the number of people, our task is to swap them now, practically to get our people back and unlock the 'all-for-all' process, which has been blocked until now," Prystaiko said at a briefing in Kyiv, commenting on the results of a meeting of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia), which took place on in Paris on July 12, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

"We meet at the level of advisers to presidents and heads of state. There are no direct negotiations in this format on specific people as there are authorized groups to do this," Prystaiko said.

He recalled that today, Ukrainian Parliament's Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova arrived in Moscow, where she is having a conversation about the specific names of people who are planned to be exchanged.

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Prystaiko also said there is a parallel track of negotiations on the exchange of captives in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement.

"I try not to interfere with the work of these teams, because this is a sensitive topic, these are personal stories. The task of the advisers to the heads of state and government is to move it 'off the dead spot' where it is now," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on July 12, foreign policy advisers of the leaders of the countries participating in the negotiations in the Normandy format (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia) held the first meeting and discussed, in particular, further steps to implement the Minsk agreements.

On July 15, Denisova said she would exchange with her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova in Moscow on July 16 the lists for the Ukrainian and Russian citizens to be swapped.

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