23 September 2017
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Media: Russia proposes to exchange lifting PACE sanctions for release of Savchenko

The Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during informal consultations in Strasbourg set conditions for the release of Ukrainian pilot and Verkhovna Rada MP Nadia Savchenko, according to an article by Russian writer Sergei Sidorenko entitled "Savchenko in exchange for sanctions - a new proposal of the Russian government."


"The proposals of the Russians mean that they will free Nadia Savchenko, and maybe a few more Ukrainians held in Russian prisons, in exchange for a full restoration of the Russian rights within the framework of the PACE," the article says, Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported on Monday.

However, Russia suggests that the first step should be taken by the Ukrainian side.

Ukrainian deputies rejected the proposal from Russia. At the same time, the chance that Russia with the help of its new position will succeed in lifting the sanctions with a majority of votes has increased significantly, commentators say.

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