DONETSK, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – The delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic to Friday’s peace talks in Minsk will insist on the implementation of the seven-point peace plan, proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, a negotiation team member said Thursday.
“We will insist on the plan, put forward by Vladimir Putin. It’s hard to tell at the moment how the Ukrainian side would react. I personally think that the ‘all for all’ prisoner swap provision will be the easiest to agree on,” said Leonid Baranov, the republic’s acting state security minister.
President Putin unveiled his seven-point peace plan for Ukraine during his visit to Mongolia, calling on Kiev to withdraw troops from the southeastern regions of the country and noting that humanitarian cordons should be opened to allow the movement of refugees and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country’s conflict-torn areas.
On September 1, the Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation, comprising Russia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Ukrainian government and eastern Ukraine’s independence supporters met in Belarusian capital Minsk.
The next meeting of the Contact Group will take place on Friday, September 5, also in Minsk.
On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics said they were ready to give ceasefire orders on Friday.