Foreign Minister of Ukraine announces thaw in relations between Moscow and Kyiv

Foreign Minister of Ukraine announces thaw in relations between Moscow and Kyiv
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Vadim Pristayko said that the Ukrainian side is trying to find a compromise to restore peace. However, he says, Russia does not intend to do this.

Commenting on relations between Kyiv and Moscow, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadim Pristayko said that a certain warming is being observed in negotiations with Russia. The Foreign Ministry head said this on the air of Inter TV channel.

“You and I both know that we can restore peace if the Ukrainian order comes to our land. We are now seeking a compromise on how to restore it. Obviously, this is not in Russia's interests,” he said (as cited by UNN), noting that the Minsk agreements were invented for exactly this purpose.

The minister added that in the negotiations with Russia, there is a thaw that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is trying to use. At the same time, Pristayko said that there is not much time for negotiations, and the head of state has no intention to wait for the next five years “while the soldiers are dying.”

To recall, last week, Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners according to the 35x35 formula. Among the prisoners released by Moscow, there were 24 sailors detained in November 2018 in the Kerch Strait for illegally crossing the Russian border, as well as film director Oleg Sentsov.

In an interview with RBC, Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmila Denisova said that Ukraine was interested in the release of 113 more prisoners held in Russia. She did not comment on the question of how many people Russia wanted to return.

On the afternoon of September 13, Vladimir Zelensky announced that Ukraine was preparing for the second stage of negotiations on the exchange of prisoners with Russia. “We are currently preparing other lists and waiting for the next stage of the exchange. We will agree on this both in Minsk and in the Normandy format,” the head of state said.

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