MP Iryna Herashchenko: Russia refused to swap its nationals serving terms in Ukrainian prisons for our political prisoners

The Russian Federation refused to exchange its citizens serving prison terms in Ukraine for Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.

First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Iryna Herashchenko, wrote on social media following today’s meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Censor.NET reports.

"Today, four years after the Minsk accords were signed, the Ukrainian side observed complete disregard for their implementation by the Russian Federation and its puppets. The release of hostages has been blocked. Russia’s representatives to the humanitarian subgroup refused to take Russian nationals from Ukrainian prisons in exchange for our political prisoners, saying that ‘the Russian Federation has nothing to do with the conflict and there are no Russian forces [in Ukraine]’," Herashchenko said.

According to her, this means that "the Motherland officially abandoned Russians in Ukrainian prisons."

"We will continue to appeal to both Russia and the international community that no country has the right to disown its citizens," the lawmaker stressed.

She also said that Russia refused to provide its expert to develop a mechanism to help find the missing persons.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3084692