According to the Kremlin’s press service, the negotiations were initiated by the Ukrainian side.

“A positive assessment was given of the release and transfer of persons held in Ukraine and Russia. The humanitarian aspect of this action, which is of great importance for normalizing and improving bilateral relations, is emphasized, ”the statement said.

It is clarified that during the exchange of views on the prospects of organizing the Norman Four summit, Putin noted the need to continue comprehensive preparatory work so that the next meeting in this format would be effective and would really contribute to the implementation of the existing agreements at the highest level, especially the Minsk “set of measures”.

Zelensky previously commented on the exchange between Moscow and Kiev. According to him, further the parties intend to work on the return of "all prisoners."