“We do not consider such possibility”, — said the official representative of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will Stevens. Earlier 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. The parties to the negotiations, the Agency did not name.
Arrested in 2010 in Liberia, the pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko was later extradited to the USA where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of participation in a criminal conspiracy to smuggle into the US of cocaine worth $100 million Viktor Bout, in turn, was extradited to the US from Thailand and was sentenced to 25 years for smuggling of weapons — the official accusation was a conspiracy to murder American citizens as a weapon, traded as Booth, was intended to rebels of the Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC), recognized by Washington as a terrorist organization.
Russia believes that the charges against both far-fetched and is demanding their release. “They are citizens of the USA didn’t kill, and intentions, for which they denounced the American justice system, has not been adequately proven,” stated Russian foreign Ministry Commissioner for human rights, democracy and rule of law Konstantin Dolgov. In his speech, he criticized U.S. diplomats and the European Union, which demanded the release of Savchenko, whose guilt in the murder of Russian citizens, as he stressed, “is proved on the basis of objective evidence and data.” Ukrainian pilot was recognized on March 22, guilty in the murder of two journalists VGTRK and illegal border crossing and sentenced to 22 years in prison.
The person responsible for the arrest and conviction of bout and Yaroshenko were compiled in April 2013 Moscow the sanctions list as “involved in violations of the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens abroad”. In April 2015, Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case about the kidnapping Yaroshenko special services of the USA and Liberia. The Russian authorities also have repeatedly stated that both prisoners have health problems but do not receive decent medical care.
“The U.S. is committed to implementing its obligations under international and national legislation on decent treatment of arrestees and detainees, including providing them with adequate medical care. We also provide consular access to detained foreigners in accordance with the Vienna Convention,” said Stevens.