Source: President of Ukraine
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in Paris that during today’s meetings, the issue of the release of Ukrainian hostages and prisoners of war had been discussed, and the given topic would be considered at the planned meeting in the Normandy format.
During the live broadcast on Inter TV channel, the Head of State stressed that the release of Ukrainian hostages had been discussed at the negotiations in both France and Germany.
“And with President of France Emmanuel Macron, I separately raised the issue of our journalist, Mr. Roman Sushchenko. You know that he worked in Paris. That the First Lady of France cared about his fate. And Emmanuel clearly stated that in the near future we would come up with the initiative again for Putin to keep his word, release Ukrainian Sushchenko so that he can return home as soon as possible,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President also noted that the parties had focused on the release of 24 Ukrainian sailors – prisoners of war, over which Russia had no jurisdiction. “They must be returned home immediately and unconditionally together with the military property and the restoration of freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait,” he said.
The Head of State also raised the issue of the release of political prisoners from the jails of Russia and from the occupied territories, and the protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars, which are brutally violated just on the eve of the elections.
“We have also clearly coordinated these steps – the relevant instructions were given in both Berlin and Paris. And we are decisively beginning preparations to the summit in the Normandy format, where the agenda will necessarily include these issues,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.