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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Kremlin confirmed contacts with Ukraine on the exchange.


Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov hinted that the ongoing contacts with Ukraine on the exchange of prisoners, including on the nomination of the Director Oleg Sentsov. However, Peskov stressed, the final decision will be made by the President of Russia.


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On Wednesday June 14 at the briefing in the Kremlin a press-the Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has answered the question about the possible exchange of the convicted in Russia for 20 years for terrorist activities by the Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov.

Peskov said that the special representative of the President of Ukraine for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk is actively working in Minsk on the exchange of prisoners. So, of course, such contacts are made and the conversation is conducted on the various candidates and, for sure, and Sentsov, RIA “Novosti”.

This Kremlin official said that from the Russian side, everything will depend on the final decision of the head of state – President Vladimir Putin.

We will remind that earlier Vladimir Putin pardoned former Ukrainian servicewoman Nadezhda Savchenko, a convicted Ukrainians on the eve of Gennady Afanasyev and Yuri Soloshenko. They all returned to Ukraine. At the same time in Russia were returned prisoners the Russians Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeev, as well as two of the Odessa journalists — Elena Sliwinska and Vitaliy Didenko.

The US state Department is on this account said that they welcome the liberation of Ukrainians, and I think this is an important condition for Russia to fulfill all items of the Minsk agreements. However, Dmitry Peskov, in this regard stressed that would exclude in this case any connection with the Minsk agreements. He explained that the Minsk agreements says about other categories of citizens. In this case we are talking about a humanitarian exchange, which are not relevant to the implementation of Minsk-2.

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