Moscow, Kiev and representatives of the breakaway republics in Donbass reached a preliminary agreement on the question of the next exchange of prisoners. It is expected that Ukraine will give 250 people, instead of having about 100, writes RBC with reference to sources from different sides of the negotiations.
“The most important question is exchange is all installed on all designated persons between Kiev and Donbass. The lists have been agreed and approved,” said one of the interlocutors.
According to him, Ukraine is ready to transfer “approximately 250 people in exchange for 100”. “There is an active work, the final stage of the legal purge in individuals which is prepared to exchange different procedural status,” he explains. This information was confirmed by a source close to the Ukrainian foreign Ministry. The established parties negotiators call people whose whereabouts are well established.
The coordination of lists deals of the Trilateral contact group, which holds regular meetings in Minsk, the last time she was going on Wednesday, November 27. It includes Russia, Ukraine and the unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics and the OSCE.
Success in the negotiation process reflected in the draft communiqué prepared by the experts for the leaders of “Norman Quartet” and which can be adopted according to the results of their meeting. The first three years of the summit of the “Quartet” held in Paris on 9 December.
It will be attended by the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and France Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Zelensky and Emmanuel macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A source in Kiev said the exchange Zelensky plans to raise at the meeting with Putin.
The Ukrainian President has repeatedly stated that his priority is the return of all prisoners and are held by Ukrainians. In addition to the release of its citizens held in DND and LNR, Kyiv seeks extradition of 113 people, located on the territory of Russia and in the Crimea. About it immediately after the September exchange said Verkhovna Rada Commissioner on human rights Lyudmila Denisova.
Before the meeting in Paris of the parties want to show willingness to negotiate, and the easiest to do this with the help of the exchange of prisoners, said Ukrainian political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko. “The result of these agreements is easy to verify. In addition, it is probably the only theme which on both sides is definitely a positive response. Because on all the other issues much more complicated. Unambiguous positive effect is not caused even breeding forces,” he said.