Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko discussed the exchange of prisoners
According to informed sources “y” in Kiev, a telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin took place on 12 February after 22 hours, lasted 20 minutes.
“What the President has decided to talk to the President of Russia on the day of his return to Poland in the framework of the readmission of the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili, a coincidence,” — said there. “It was about the exchange of hostages, and not about the fate of Mr. Saakashvili. If the conversation was about him, he would be sent to Georgia or to Russia. The fact of the conversation was made public and in order not to give Saakashvili a pretext for insinuations,” — said the source “Kommersant”.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov told reporters that in addition to the exchange of prisoners Mr Putin and Mr Poroshenko discussed “the need and the lack of an alternative implementation of the Minsk agreements.”
Also, according to him, the President of Ukraine expressed his condolences in connection with the crash of An-148 aircraft on February 11. “He talked about the readiness to interact on the line of the manufacturer to ascertain the causes of the crash,” said Mr. Sands. Until today in the Kremlin about the conversation of misters Putin and Poroshenko was not reported.
Kommersant’s sources recalled that the next day after the conversation of the presidents of the Podolsk district court of Kiev sentenced the Russian military Alexander Baranov Maxim Odintsov 13 and 14 years imprisonment respectively. They are accused of treason and desertion from the Ukrainian army on the territory of Crimea and now, according to interlocutors “Kommersant”, ready to exchange under investigation in Russia Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, and “other Ukrainian political prisoners, a list of which is prepared by the Ukrainian side”.