The head of political Council of party “Oppositional platform For life” urged to wait for positive developments in the field of peaceful settlement.
KYIV, November 28. /TASS/. The special status of Donbass and facilitate the exchange of prisoners between the Ukrainian authorities and people’s republics by the formula “all installed all installed” will be discussed during the scheduled December 9 at the Paris summit of the Normandy Quartet (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine). This view was expressed on Thursday by the head of political Council of party “Oppositional platform For life” Viktor Medvedchuk, speaking on air of the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne.Speaking about the prospects of the Normandy summit, Medvedchuk said: “we Need to wait for positive developments in the field of peaceful settlement”. He added that the possibility of achieving positive results at the meeting will depend on the political will of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I think the main issues will be the special status of separate regions is not controlled (Kiev – approx. TASS) the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions”, – said the leader of the party “Opposition platform For life”. He stressed that it is necessary to give a permanent character to the special status of Donbass, because the current law on the status of this region will lapse at the end of this year.
“It will be [discussed] the issue of exchange all installed all installed (detained persons – approx. TASS) and the question of implementation of the Minsk agreements should be fully implemented”, – said Medvedchuk.
The story of the exchange of prisoners
The delegation of the Donetsk people’s Republic (DPR) at a meeting of the humanitarian sub-group of the contact group in Minsk on Wednesday urged the Ukrainian side to conduct large-scale exchange of prisoners before the end of this year. The last major exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and the republics of Donbass took place on 27 December 2017. Ukraine then gave 233 detainees at 73 Ukrainian prisoners. The parties expressed readiness to continue the exchange, but since it was not carried out. Another meeting of the contact group on 17 July it was agreed the decision on the exchange of 208 held by the representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) 69 of the Ukrainian security forces contained in the two republics. Of these, 50 people are in the DNI and 19 in LC.
Representatives of the republics of Donbass has stated that it is ready to implement the exchange until the end of September. However, the Ukrainian side asked the first six weeks on the so-called procedural clearance of persons whom they are willing to share. When this time has expired, Kiev has asked for another six weeks, and the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadim pristayko said that the Minsk agreements formula exchange “all for all” may not be the most ideal.
The summit “channel four” (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine), devoted to the problems of settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, scheduled for 9 December in Paris.