September 8, 2019 / 9:03 AM / in 9 months

Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap is opportunity to resolve crisis: French minister

FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil July 29,2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister said on Sunday a prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia was an opportunity to find a solution to the crisis.

“There is an opportunity, a door opened to start making progress towards settling this conflict,” Le Drian told Europe 1 radio,

Russia and Ukraine swapped dozens of prisoners on Saturday in a carefully-negotiated rapprochement that brought Western praise and could thaw a freeze in relations since Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea region in 2014.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Edited by David Evans

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