Medvedchuk told about the dangers threatening the exchange of prisoners

Медведчук рассказал об опасностях, угрожающих обмену пленными

Viktor Medvedchuk

The recent events in Lugansk are unable to disrupt the negotiating process and exchange, the politician said.

Special envoy for humanitarian Affairs in the Tripartite contact group Viktor Medvedchuk in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine has reported with reference to the work on peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“Minsk humanitarian, as well as other subgroups is open from may 2015. Great importance of the Minsk humanitarian sub-group in the exchange is to carry out preparatory work – work that at the stage of decision-making can lead to positive results, namely: the preparation of the lists, updating the personal data, information gathering, coordination, verification, conversion of lists into a specific system. This is the task of the Minsk humanitarian groups. On “Minsk arena”, as in the intervals between meetings, carried out the rough work, technical work on the preparation for the exchange”, – said Medvedchuk.

According to him, complexity in the negotiation process is, as with representatives of Ukraine and representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk.

“The negotiation process is extremely fragile, any careless word, comment can undo all that had been worked out with such difficulty. And what I firmly believe: you can’t negotiate from the position of ultimatums, demands, insults and accusations. I would like to understand it and those who supposedly talks”, – said the politician.

Medvedchuk believes that the recent events in Lugansk and can not prevent the exchange. He also noted that in 2017 the effectiveness of the Minsk process is negligible.

“There were some temporary successes, the truce: new year, Christmas, Easter, bread, school. But they were all broken. And violated, unfortunately, with the two sides,” he said. Thus, according to the Medvedchuk, the transfer negotiation platform from the capital of Belarus to another country is impractical.

“Do not hit Belarus, together with Minsk? It’s a neighbouring country, next to, to fly to Minsk for 45 minutes. Those who make such suggestions, you need to understand that the decision about relocating to another country, and change the format, depends on Ukraine only partially. Would the others? After all, the representatives of the ORDO and the astronomical clock will not go to any country”, – said Medvedchuk.

In addition, he said that for many politicians, is a question of public relations and political dividends, and it interferes with the negotiation process.

“The negotiations for the release of our citizens is a strategically important state task, which is directly managed by the President of Ukraine. I’m in negotiations with Russian leadership and the leadership of the unrecognized republics on behalf of Peter Poroshenko. And I have no time and desire to participate in backstage intrigues, which constantly accompanies the subject of exchange” – summed up Viktor Medvedchuk.

As reported Корреспондент.netearlier he declared that the exchange of prisoners in the format “all for all” is not possible. According to him, Ukraine will be persons who are accused of committing crimes not related to ATO.