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Hope to progress to the next Normandy summit

Between Russia and the Ukraine, it came to a prisoner exchange. To do this, the Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU group in the Bundestag to explain, Johann David Wadephul, and the head of the German Delegation in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Andreas Nick:

Wadephul: “The CDU/CSU group in the Bundestag, welcomed the exchange of prisoners. This is an important step in the sense of the implementation of the Minsk agreement. It is good that the film can return to the filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, the sailors and other prisoners are finally home. They are much to long held illegally in Russia. The prisoner exchange is a success for the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Selenskyj. But it is also an example of this is that the West can achieve with a willingness to engage in dialogue, as well as strength and tenacity to Russia has its legitimate concerns. On this basis, progress in the Minsk negotiations will be possible. It is to be hoped that the willingness to engage in dialogue on the Russian and the Ukrainian side also radiates a positive effect on the planned summit in the Normandy Format, and there leads to progress.“

Nick: “With the release of the imprisoned seamen is met a key demand of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PVER), we have collected in the framework of an emergency debate in January 2019. As the responsible Rapporteur, I could formulate at that time, the decision template and the families of the affected seafarers meet personally.

We are also relieved that the film-maker Oleg Sentsov is finally free. For its use for political prisoners in Russia, he was awarded the European Parliament in 2018 with the Sakharov prize. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had also called repeatedly for his release.

Thus, the first positive steps in the area of human rights on the way to a de-escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine have been achieved since then, the Russian Delegation has returned again in June in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.All remaining differences with Russia, in regard to the illegal annexation of Crimea, we want to work in the intensive dialogue of the parliamentarians in the Council of Europe on further progress to the end of the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as well as on the strengthening of the human and civil rights in the Russian Federation itself.“


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