Russia rips negotiations for hostage exchange / Illustration REUTERS
The Ukrainian side at the meeting of the TAG in Minsk raised the question of an exchange of hostages and political prisoners of the Kremlin, however, the destructive position of Moscow blocked the negotiations.
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About this in Facebook said the first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s representative to the Humanities subgroup of the TAG Irina Gerashchenko.
“The Ukrainian side today once again appealed to the representatives of the Russian Federation immediately provide an official response to the proposal to transfer them 23 criminals-Russians in exchange for political prisoners of the Kremlin. We are also ready to pardon dozens of separatists in exchange for 20 Ukrainians – civilian and military – which are illegally and for years held in the occupied Donbas,” – said Gerashchenko.
In addition, the Ukrainian representatives appealed to the OSCE coordinator Tony Frisch about the fate of young people from Yasinovataya, which the rebels have promised to release to my parents 2 years ago, but still keep in the Donetsk SIZO.
“Unfortunately, the destructive position of Moscow, which openly announced the holding of “elections” in ORDO and tries to interfere in the electoral campaign in Ukraine, putting the loyal candidates and the candidates, if only Poroshenko, completely blocked the issue of the release of the hostages. After struggling for the whole world – and around the world, Moscow is demonstrating contempt and inability,” summed up Gerashchenko.
Informed the special representative of the US State Department on Affairs Kurt Volker called on the authorities of the Russian Federation to agree to an exchange of hostages being held Donbass militants.