The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko has not excluded the possibility of exchange of the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, in Russian sentenced to 22 years for the murder of employees of VGTRK in the summer of 2014 in the Donbass, the Russian citizens Alexander Erofeev and Evgeny Aleksandrov, which Kiev considers “fighters of the GRU” and sentenced to 14 years in jail in Ukraine on charges of terrorism.
“I do not exclude that such exchange, on Savchenko and other citizens of Ukraine, can take place. It requires political will, it is Russia”, — said the speaker reporters, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“We are currently discussing a legal formula for this possible exchange, I do not exclude,” quoted Matviyenko “Interfax”.
On the exchange Savchenko insists the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The Kremlin said that a decisive role in this matter should play Vladimir Putin.
The day before, 19 April, Poroshenko said that he was able to negotiate with Putin “a specific algorithm release” Savchenko. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on this information, limiting itself to saying that the fate of Savchenko is being discussed.
The Ministry of justice of Ukraine at the same time, reported that within two days served Russia documents on the transfer Savchenko in Kiev.
On Monday, April 18, Putin and Poroshenko discussed the fate of Savchenko by phone. The President of Ukraine, as reported by his administration, once again urged the Russian authorities to release Ukrainian pilot. In the Kremlin reported that in addition to Savchenko it was about the Russians and Erofeeva Aleksandrov, which the Ukrainian court sentenced to 14 years in prison for participation in hostilities in the Donbass.
On Tuesday, Poroshenko said about the phone call Savchenko. He wrote in his Twitter that he was able to convince her to stop his hunger-strike. Later, the lawyers Savchenko said that she began the exit from the hunger strike declared after the pronouncement of her sentence.