Russia announces political will for Savchenko exchange – Council Speaker

15:43, 20 April 2016
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Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko says Russia has political will to swap Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko for Russian nationals, Alexander Alexadnrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, convicted in Ukraine, according to Russian news agency TASS.


"The discussion is underway on the legal formula of a possible exchange. I do not rule it out, every opportunity to save the lives of our citizens should be used," Matviyenko said on Wednesday, TASS reports.

"Political will is needed on both sides for this to happen, and there is political will on our side," she assured.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had managed to hammer out a certain model for the release of Nadia Savchenko.

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