Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland positively views Russian President Vladimir Putin's initiative for settling the crisis in eastern Ukraine but says it should be supported with concrete steps.
Jagland said in Moscow on Thursday answering a question from Interfax it was good the initiative had been made and added they should hope it could lead to something.
It is very important to maintain positive dynamics in the fulfillment of such proposals and to make one positive step after another under such circumstances, he stressed.
A prisoner swap could be one of these positive steps, the Council of Europe secretary general stated.
Jagland said they had seen conflicts of the Ukrainian kind before in which radicalized elements on both sides did not want to make positive progress and tried to undermine any initiative.
The Council of Europe secretary general called for giving comprehensive support to the civilian population harmed by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Jagland noted that the Ukrainian crisis had gone too far and it must be stopped immediately.
Putin presented his plan for the Ukrainian crisis resolution on Wednesday.
"The first thing is to stop active offensive operations by the armed forces and armed formations of militia of south-eastern Ukraine in the direction of Donetsk and Luhansk," Putin told reporters.
"The second thing is to withdraw armed subdivisions of Ukrainian law enforcers to a distance, ruling out the possibility of artillery and all multiple launch system strikes on settlements," the Russian president said.
"The third thing is to foresee carrying out comprehensive and objective international control with regard to compliance with ceasefire conditions and monitoring the situation created this way in the security sector," Putin said.
"The fourth thing is to rule out the application of combat aircraft against civilians and settlements in the conflict zone. Then to organize the exchange of persons kept forcibly under the 'all for all' formula, without any preliminary conditions," the Russian president said.
"The sixth thing is to open humanitarian corridors to move refugees and deliver humanitarian cargo to cities and other Donbas settlements - the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," he said.
"And finally, the seventh thing is to ensure the possibility of sending damage repair brigades to Donbas settlements to restore social and vital infrastructure facilities and to help them," Putin said.
The Kyiv authorities and representatives of south-eastern Ukraine could reach and affirm final agreements during the contact group meeting scheduled for September 5, 2014, the Russian president said.
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