Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that during the recent telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Nadiya Savchenko’s future a preliminary timeframe of her return to the homeland has been agreed upon, Interfax Ukraine reports.
“For the first time, during this conversation, we have gotten the light at the end of tunnel. As it has been agreed on the algorithm to settle this problem, agreed on a preliminary timeframe, and I spoke about this timeframe to mother (of Nadiya Savchenko) and sister, and those my representatives, who deal with the coordination of these actions,” he said in an interview with the Ukrainian television channels on Sunday evening.
The Kremlin has not commented on the statement by Poroshenko. Earlier, Russian officials repeatedly denied holdig any negotiations of releasing Savchenko.
On April 20, Russia’s Justice Ministry confirmed they had received Ukraine’s request for the list of documents which are necessary for delivering Savchenko to Ukraine. The Russian authorities noted that the pendency time for such requests is not regulated.
“I do hope that the presidential plane will take Nadiya to Ukraine within the next weeks,” Poroshenko said.
On March 22, the Donetsk city court of the Rostov region found the Ukrainian pilot guilty of murdering two Russian journalists and sentenced her to 22 years in prison. The sentence has come into effect.
Savchenko denies her guilt. According to the defense, she was kidnapped by terrorists in LPR and then taken out to Russia. Savchenko has been in custody since July 2014.
On April 18, the president of Ukraine urged his Russian counterpart to immediately liberate the Ukrainian when speaking over the phone. They also discussed the issue of Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov who were arrested in the territory of Ukraine in the summer of 2015.
Earlier Petro Poroshenko expressed readiness to swap the two Russian GRU force fighters for Nadiya Savchenko. But at that moment Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said that such an exchange was impossible.