Zelensky's chief of staff Yermak meets Russian counterpart Kozak to discuss prisoner swap
Andriy Yermak, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's chief of staff, has met with deputy head of Russian President Vladimir Putin's Administration Dmitry Kozak in Minsk, Belarus, to discuss a swap of prisoners in the all-for-all format.
Representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian delegations also took part in the negotiations, the Ukrainian president's press service said on Facebook.
"During the meeting, the parties discussed issues related to the mutual release of detainees in the all-for-all format, as was agreed by the Normandy Four leaders at the summit in Paris in December 2019," it said.
Yermak "mentioned the intention to conduct the next round of the exchange in March," it said.
The participants in meeting also stressed the need to continue the negotiations to fully implement the agreements reached during the Paris summit.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Zelensky said the Ukrainian authorities were making every effort to ensure that the next Normandy meeting could take place in April this year. However, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that the summit might not be held in April, as previously planned.
Russia's officials, in turn, said it depended on progress to be made in implementing the current agreements.