Ukraine violates prisoner exchange agreement

24.12.2019, Moscow.

Kiev has put forward new conditions on the POW exchange lists, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on December 22 on the Great Game program on Channel One.

At a meeting of the contact group in Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, in the presence of German and French leaders Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, agreed to exchange people on confirmed lists under the “all for all” principle.

“There are lists that are recognized on both sides as lists of real people, everyone knows where these people are and how they should be released and exchanged,” the Minister stressed.

However, according to Lavrov, Kiev is trying to sabotage earlier agreements. Kiev is no longer satisfied with established lists, so it has requested “procedurally cleared” lists, which means a new obstacle for people coming home before Christmas and the New Year.

The meeting in the Normandy format was held in Paris on December 9. The participants of the talks were Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine, and they once again confirmed the importance of implementing the Minsk agreements. On December 10, following the results of the meeting all the countries adopted a final communique. The document recorded the decision of the parties to separate forces in three new points, reach a complete ceasefire by the end of the year, and exchange prisoners of war under the “all for all” principle.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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