Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the message of “Interfax” that Moscow is holding consultations on the possible exchange of convicted in Russia of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko against the convicted in the U.S. of Russians Viktor bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko.
“I didn’t hear. I saw the media reports, but any information do not have”, — Peskov said, answering a question of journalists, the correspondent .
“Russia is very consistently reiterated its rejection of attempts to extend American law extraterritorially, and we therefore believe illegal content of bout and Yaroshenko in an American prison. Russia consistently continues to protect the interests of its citizens. It is in this context the names were mentioned at the interview with Kerry”, he added.
“While I believe it is premature to think anything. Let’s first get a more or less reliable information. Reliably we don’t know what happened there, for whatever reasons. Jumping to conclusions would hardly have been sensible,” concluded Sands.
Tuesday morning that Moscow is holding consultations to exchange Savchenko on a group of Russians, including those sentenced to various terms in the U.S., reported the Agency “Interfax” with reference to informed sources.
“Currently, consultations are ongoing, including through confidential channels, about possible release Savchenko by sharing. The Russian side proposed a list of their fellow citizens, in exchange for the grant which is ready to release former Ukrainian army”, — said the Agency interlocutor. Among the options he cited the names of bout and Yaroshenko.
The official representative of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will Stevens in conversation with has denied these reports.”We do not consider such possibility”, — he said.
The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, in turn, described as “ridiculous” reports of such negotiations.