The Council of Europe welcomes the release of prisoners by Russia and Ukraine today, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland has stated.
“The Council of Europe welcomes the release of prisoners by Russia and Ukraine today. This is an encouraging step towards the reconciliation of the two member states of the Council of Europe and an important element of the Minsk process,” the Secretary General said in the statement.
He noted that “further steps will be necessary”. And the Council of Europe is ready to assist Ukraine and Russia in the reconciliation process on the basis of the standards and principles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
As reported, on Saturday, September 7, Ukraine and Russia carried out an exchange of prisoners in the 35 for 35 format. A total of 11 Ukrainians illegally convicted in Russia, as well as 24 sailors detained near the Kerch Strait in late November 2018, returned home.