The authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic are ready for the exchange of prisoners with Kiev and expect that it will be held before the end of the year, Permanent Representative of the DPR to the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk Denis Pushilin told RIA Novosti.
The first meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation and Ukraine Sergey Lavrov and Pavel Klimkin took place in Vienna in a bilateral format the day before. Klimkin, following the meeting initiated by the Ukrainian side, said that the issue of the exchange of prisoners between Kiev and the DPR and the LPR was discussed. Klimkin stated the need to resolve this issue in the coming weeks.
“The ball is actually on the side of Ukraine, because we are ready to make an exchange tomorrow, the issue here is how ready Ukraine is. Therefore, I was not so tuned for the next days or weeks, but nevertheless, until the New Year holidays, I expect that the exchange will happen until Christmas holidays,” Denis Pushilin said.