Medvedchuk told about the new formula of the exchange of prisoners

Медведчук рассказал о новой формуле обмена пленными

Medvedchuk continues negotiations on the exchange of prisoners

The self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR” willing to exchange the formula “174 46,” but Kiev refuses.

Special envoy for humanitarian issues in the Tripartite contact group on peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas, Viktor Medvedchuk in an interview with NewsOne spoke about the negotiation process hostage exchange.

According to him, negotiations on the exchange there are two stages: one is the process of liberation of the Ukrainian citizens detained in Russia, and secondly, the exemption of those persons who have been held on the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“As for Donetsk and Lugansk – these release are regulated by the Minsk agreement. What concerns the relations of Russia and Ukraine is the Minsk not relevant,” explained Medvedchuk.

He drew attention to the confusion arising in connection with these processes, and stressed that the figures about who is under arrest in Ukraine, 23, 36 and 18 the citizens of the Russian Federation – relative.

“Offered citizens of Russia, which we gave in December, is now back and return to the decision to release our citizens in Russia. Russia did not agree and gave an official denial from the beginning. That’s when this discussion went on, Russia’s response has been. There is a Minsk agreement. These citizens – 36 Russian citizens were arrested by the Ukrainian authorities, as they participated in events related to ATO. Today, most of them serving sentences, some have already finished their sentence. And they should be changed according to the Minsk agreements. But others can be released, and mutually released in Moscow. So I am taking two forms of negotiation: one Kiev-Moscow – on such as Sentsov, Sushchenko, Klyh, Karpyuk, Kolchenko and many others. And what you say, 23-36, is what concerns Minsk,” – said the politician.

According to Medvedchuk, the position of Donetsk and Luhansk on the exchange today – all installed all installed.

“Today the number of installed of persons sought by the Donetsk and Lugansk on the territory controlled by Ukraine – 174. The number of those whom we seek in Donetsk and Luhansk, established by us and confirmed including, 46”, – said Medvedchuk.

According to him, the separatists are ready to exchange the formula “174 46”, and Ukraine – no.

“The first reason: these included 174 Berkut, which is the court in Kiev Svyatoshinsky court. In these 174 includes 36 Russian citizens, of which you spoke. You asked about the 23, I explained about 36. There are a number of persons for whom Ukraine says they are not associated with these events, and therefore will not give” – said the politician.

Special envoy for humanitarian issues in the pipeline also stressed that when we recognize the right of this position to exist, we should also remember the example of Israel, which traded 1026 people per Sergeant.

“Of these 1026 400 people were convicted for the murder of several or more persons, as well as for banditry and terrorism. They have given in order to release one Sergeant. So personally, my position is people should be free to release at any cost. But, there is a position of power, and while this position is, of which I said,” said Medvedchuk.

With regard to the negotiations for the release of Sushchenko, Sentsov and other citizens of Ukraine, they are constantly, said the special representative of Ukraine in the pipeline.

“Moreover, in relation to Sushchenko I can tell that his release is also subject to these negotiations. To tell when this will happen is very difficult. I am not a fortune teller or a forecaster. I can say that Russia has interest about certain individuals who are serving sentences in Ukraine”, – summed up Medvedchuk.

The politician is also sure that Oleg Sentsov will return to Ukraine.

Earlier, the representative of Ukraine in the Tripartite contact group in Minsk, Leonid Kuchma said that prior to the presidential elections of 2019 promotion in exchange of hostages in the Donbas should not be expected.


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