Ukraine’s foreign minister says his meeting with Russia’s Lavrov in Vienna was unique

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said on Friday his yesterday’s meeting with Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov in Vienna was unique.

"It was a unique meeting dedicated exclusively to exchange [of prisoners]. We used a brief meeting in the context on the OSCE ministerial forum. I don’t plan further meetings [with Lavrov] in the near future," he said in an interview with 112.Ukrainian television channel.

According to Klimkin, the topic of possible deployment of a United Nations mission in Donbass was briefly touched upon at the meeting with Lavrov.

"We touched upon, but very briefly, prospects for a peacekeeping mission. Differences are fundamental," he said, adding that it was just "an exchange of opinion."

Earlier on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference after the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting that it had been agreed that advisers to the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) leaders would meet in Minsk on December 9 to discuss the issue of the lists of prisoners to be exchanges by Kiev and the Donbass republics.

In mid-November, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the Ukrainian Choice public movement and Kiev’s representative to the humanitarian subgroup of the Contact Group on resolving the crisis in Donbass, who asked the Russian leader to support his initiative concerning the prisoner swap. According to Medvedchuk, Ukraine is ready to release 306 people and expects Donetsk and Lugansk to release 74 people before the holiday season.

According to TASS

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