The exchange of the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, convicted in Russia for 22 years, is theoretically possible only in full compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation. This statement was made by the head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov, Interfax reported.
“With regard to the theoretically possible exchange, it is theoretically possible. “A” is in full compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation and “B” the decision may be taken only by the President of the Russian Federation”, — Ivanov said to journalists in Beijing, responding to a question about whether it is possible from a theoretical and legal point of view such an exchange on any of the detainees in Ukraine.
Speaking about whether it is possible such an exchange in the framework of the Minsk agreements in Ukraine, Ivanov said: “To the Minsk agreements it has not the slightest relationship. Because the Russian Federation is not a party to the conflict”.
The court of Donetsk of the Rostov region on March 22, Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years. She was found guilty in the case of the deaths of employees VGTRK in Eastern Ukraine and with illegal border crossing.
Immediately after the verdict, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made a statement in which Moscow offered to exchange Savchenko. This Poroshenko said that Putin during the meeting “Norman Quartet” allegedly promised after the end of the judicial process “to return Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine.”
Commenting on the appeal of Poroshenko, President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow “will act in accordance with law.” As the head of the Kremlin administration, Peskov stressed that “in other respects, the decision may be taken only by the President.” “What — I can not say yet”, — he said. This Peskov stressed that he was not aware of any agreements between Putin and Poroshenko on the fate Savchenko.
A source in the Kremlin has denied media speculation that the Ukrainian army may soon be transferred to Ukraine.