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

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  • Russia and Ukraine swapped dozens of prisoners on Saturday in a carefully-negotiated rapprochement.
A recently exchanged Ukrainian prisoner gets off a plane upon arrival in Kiev after Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap, at Borispil International Airport, outside Kiev, Ukraine September 7, 2019.
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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.