Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Statement of Natalia Nikonorova regarding holding a video conference on the exchange of held persons

19 December 2019
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Today’s statement by the Ukraine’s representative in the Contact Group on the need to hold a video conference on Friday on the exchange of held persons is a clear confirmation of the Ukrainian side’s desire exclusively for PR. Yesterday, during a meeting in Minsk, Kiev’s unwillingness to exchange held persons was clearly understood. In this regard, holding a video conference tomorrow does not seem appropriate and effective, since it is unlikely that the Ukrainian representatives could make any serious decisions in this direction in one day.

We urge Kiev not to chase media PR and go to a video conference with the preliminary implementation of specific steps for exchange preparation - first of all, it is a procedural cleaning of detainees. In this regard, it will be more appropriate to hold a video conference on Monday, since we hope that during this time Ukraine’s representatives will nevertheless do their homework to prepare for a constructive coordination of the exchange mechanism.