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 All Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia should be exchanged under Minsk accords, - Foreign Ministry's Kuleba

All Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Crimea should be exchanged under the Minsk agreements.

As informed by Censor.NET, this was announced by Ambassador-at-Large for Strategic Communications of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on air of 5 Channel.

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"It is certain that all our political prisoners in Russia and Crimea should be returned to Ukraine. Speaking of political prisoners in Russia, we see their exchange as part of the formula stipulated by the Minsk agreements "all for all"," he said.

There exists, in particular, a political agreement of return of Nadiia Savchenko; however, there are issues on the legal level, and it might take time to solve them.

"Talks continue on political and judicial level to find a formula that will allow returning Nadiia," the diplomat said.

"At the next meeting of the Normandy Four foreign ministers, [Ukrainian Foreign Minister] Pavlo Klimkin will raise the issue of release of Savchenko and other political prisoners in Russia," he added.

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Regarding other political prisoners - Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpiuk - Russia is sticking to its strategic direction to only release Ukrainian political prisoners after they are sentenced by Russian courts, which is only an 'imitation of justice.'

"That's why we need to wait for the sentences and then deal with their return," Kuleba said.
 
 
 
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