: Ukrainian and Russian FMs discuss political prisoners, ban of Mejlis and situation in Donbas

19:36 Apr. 20, 2016

Ukrainian and Russian FMs discuss political prisoners, ban of Mejlis and situation in Donbas

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin during a Normandy Four ministerial meeting on Ukraine (TASS via Getty Images)

Pavlo Klimkin and Sergei Lavrov held phone talks on April 20, 2016

The fate of Ukrainians unjustly imprisoned in Russia, ban of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and on-going ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine became the main subjects of phone talks between Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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Klimkin reported about this via Twitter on April 20.

The press statement published on the official web site of the Russian Foreign Ministry says the phone conversation was spearheaded by the Ukrainian side. According to the Ministry, Minsk peace agreements and recent phone talks between Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin were on the agenda.

On April 18 Ukrainian and Russian leaders discussed the possibility of release of Ukrainian female pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko, as well as the issue of Russian military servicemen Yevgeniy Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov who were sentenced in Ukraine to 14 years in prison.

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