Lavrov: West should influence Kiev in prisoner release issue

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the West to exert influence on Ukraine to make sure that the authorities in Kiev make further steps to release prisoners.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the West to exert influence on Ukraine to make sure that the authorities in Kiev make further steps to release prisoners.

"It is necessary to clarify these issues (of prisoner exchange - TASS)," the minister said speaking in the State Duma (lower house of parliament) on Wednesday. "Without Western influence one can hardly expect Kiev to agree to normal steps in this regard.".

First published by TASS.

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