Ukraine considers an option to release fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko from detention in Russia, where she is to stay until April 16, as the Russian court ruled earlier. According to Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine is interested in the so-called Estonian scenario, under which Ukraine and Russia could exchange citizens who were detained but later granted amnesty in respective countries.
The diplomat noted that in order to use the option of Savchenko’s detention in Ukraine, Kyiv would have to recognize the guilty verdict pronounced by the Russian court, which is a sort of a trap for Ukraine.
“This is why we could use the so-called “Estonian option”, when Putin granted amnesty to an Estonian citizen in Russia; and Estonia simultaneously did the same for a Russian citizen. The sides exchanged citizens who were considered free people; and there was no need to recognize the sentences. It seems to me it would be the best if Ukraine and Russia used this option”, Prystaiko said.
Earlier today, the United States Embassy in Russia said Washingotn is not interested in exchanging detained Russian citizens for Savchenko.