France hails prisoners exchanges after new Ukraine talks
Paris, 25 May 2016
The French President welcomes the prisoner exchanges that have taken place today in line with the commitments made during the Normandy-format telephone conversation on 23 May. In particular, they have enabled the helicopter pilot Nadia Savchenko to return to Ukraine.
This is a significant gesture for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which must occur as soon as possible.
The President and the German Chancellor are continuing to work together resolutely on this./.
Ukraine/prisoner exchanges – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, 25 May 2016
I welcome the release today, Wednesday, of Nadia Savchenko and several other prisoners. Over recent months, France has been tirelessly campaigning with Russian leaders for this release and, more broadly, for the exchange of all prisoners, according to the “all for all” principle agreed in Minsk on 12 February 2015.
France, alongside Germany, will continue its efforts to implement the Minsk Package of Measures./.
Paris, 24 May 2016
The French President and Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to President Putin and President Poroshenko this evening in a “Normandy format” telephone call.
The three presidents and the Chancellor recalled their commitment to the Minsk agreements and their determination to do everything to ensure they are fully implemented as quickly as possible.
They emphasized the importance of implementing all the measures necessary to consolidate the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, beginning with the withdrawal of weapons, planning for the disengagement of forces, and the release of prisoners.
They also reviewed the work done on the various political issues, which should, in particular, lead to local elections being held in Donbass in accordance with Ukrainian law and according to OSCE standards./.