Presidents of the countries participating in the Normandy talks - Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation discussed the improvement in cooperation on the exchange of prisoners on the principle "all for all", according to the Kremlin's press release following the talks.
Reportedly, the participants in the talks reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Minsk agreements in the sphere of the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas.
“They welcomed the agreement to restore ceasefire regime on the occasion of Easter, as it was agreed at the Trilateral Contact Group meeting on March 29, and underscored the importance of strict compliance with the abovementioned regime. The leaders also called on increasing efforts to liberate and exchange detained persons on the “all for all” principle," the release said.
During the talks, regret was expressed in connection with the threats and intimidation of the OSCE SMM observers in the Donbas.
Also, French President Francois Hollande received gratitude for his efforts in the framework of the negotiation format, and the hope was expressed that the work of the group would continue after the presidential elections in France.
Earlier, QHA reported that on April 6, a meeting in the Norman format was held in Minsk, where a number of requirements were put on Russia, like taking measures to stop the intimidation of SMM observers by militants in the Donbas and the restoration of a full exchange of prisoners in the Donbas. The sides once again stressed the need to implement the Minsk agreements.
Based on the results of the virtually disrupted Easter ceasefire regime in the Donbas, the Joint Control and Coordination Center noted that the Russian-terrorist ORDLO units knowingly and, according to the prior plan, attacked the positions of the ATO forces and neighborhoods of settlements in the Donbas during the Easter celebration on April 16 with arms, banned under the Minsk Agreements.