“It was quite difficult to make decisions on specific people, but we are approaching the finale.” Putin promises a massive exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia

05 September 2019, 16:11
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The exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine will be large-scale.

Vladimir Putin made such a statement at the economic forum in Vladivostok.

“It was quite difficult to make decisions on specific people, but we are approaching the finale. The exchange of detainees between Russia and Ukraine will be large-scale, this is a good step towards normalizing relations,” he said.

To the question of what will be possible in the “Ukrainian direction” after the exchange of detained persons, Putin replied: “In the historical perspective, this is inevitable – a complete normalization of relations will come, because we are two parts of the same people.”

According to him, relations “in the near future will depend on the current Ukrainian leadership.”

QHA media reported that on September 4, it became known that the process of mutual release of detainees between Ukraine and Russia could begin on September 7. However, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the issue.

Today, September 5, the Kyiv Court of Appeal released the person involved in the case of the downed MH17 flight Vladimir Tsemakh. According to media reports, Tsemakh is listed among those who Russia wants to receive in exchange for Ukrainian political prisoners.

Earlier, 40 Members of the European Parliament wrote a letter to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in which they asked not to include Tsemakh in the list of prisoners exchanged with Russia.