Lifting or even easing anti-Russian sanctions in exchange for Nadia Savchenko’s release is out of the question, ‘Kommersant’ reports, quoting a high-ranking Western diplomat, who commented on Nadia Savchenko’s exchange for two fighters of Russia’s Special Services.
‘This is very good news. Many Western countries, including the USA and the EU, have put in a lot of effort to make it happen. The exchange is a huge step forward regarding Minsk peace deal’, - the diplomat commented.
However, the diplomat added, many other citizens of Ukraine are still detained in the Russian Federation: ‘Moreover, there’ still no progress on other items of Minsk peace deal, like, for instance, granting access to OSCE mission to separatist-held territories of eastern Ukraine. We’ve already made it clear, that sanctions will stay in force until all items of Minsk peace deal are implemented. Lifting or easing anti-Russian sanctions in exchange for Savchenko's release is out of the question’.
Earlier today, the plane with Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko on board has landed in Kyiv Boryspil airport.
Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years of prison by a Russian court for allegedly killing two Russian journalists and illegally crossing Russian border.
Nadia Savchenko was exchanged for two fighters of Russia’s Special Service and pardoned by the President of the Russian Federation.