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Russia's commissioner denies talks on large prisoner exchange with Ukraine

Russia's commissioner denies talks on large prisoner exchange with Ukraine
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-Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said on Tuesday she did not talk to her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Lubinets in Turkey last week about a possible prisoner exchange.

Turkish ombudsman Seref Malkoc said on Monday that Ukraine conveyed to Russia a list of 800 people and that the Russian ombudsman provided a list of 200 to be swapped.

"In my negotiations with Ombudsman of Ukraine Dmytro Lubinets in Ankara there was never any talk of exchanges, and I always emphasize that these issues are within the competence of the Russian Ministry of Defence," Moskalkova said on the Telegram messaging app.

"Moreover, I believe that such an unequal exchange cannot be considered fair."

A spokesperson for Malkoc later insisted that Russian and Ukrainian ombudsmen exchanged lists in Ankara, but said the Turkish side did not retain any copy of those lists.

"There was a total of eight meetings in Ankara, four of them were attended by the Turkish side as well, and four of them were between Russia and Ukraine. The two sides exchanged lists, but Turkish side does not have these lists," the spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday.

"We think that this issue should be addressed by defence ministries and is out of the jurisdiction of ombudsmen," the spokesperson added.

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