Donetsk, Jan 29 – DAN. The Contact Group has emphasized the importance of legal clearance of persons to be exchanged between Donbass and Kiev, said DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova.

"Today, within the framework of humanitarian aspects, the Contact Group came to the realization that legal clearance should come first for the further implementation of the swap."

The absence of this standard during previous exchanges caused a lot of trouble, she said.

The latest in the series of POW swaps took place on December 29, 2019 on the "124 for 76 basis". DPR received 61 people. The exchange was brokered at the Normandy Four meeting in Paris on December 9. *ot