Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said on Channel 5 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to help Ukraine with the release of prisoners held in Russia.
The Foreign Minister noted Turkey's assistance in the release of Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz. "It was very difficult. I think that Erdoğan himself must talk about it, probably after the elections. For now, it's better to work on new releases," Klimkin stressed.
The minister said that during a long conversation, the Turkish president agreed to help in the process of freeing Ukrainian citizens. At the same time, Klimkin refused to talk about the details of possible assistance, so as not to interfere with the process.
On June 9, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed over the phone the issue of the release of Ukrainian prisoners.