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Russia willing to exchange Savchenko for its citizens detained in USA - source

Moscow has decided to agree on the Ukrainian’s destiny with Washington

Russia willing to exchange Savchenko for its citizens detained in USA - source
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Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko can be exchanged for a group of Russians, including Viktor But (sentenced to 25 years for the conspiracy to sell large lots of weapons) and Konstantin Yaroshenko (sentenced to 20 years for the conspiracy to bring large lots of drugs to the US) who are serving their sentences in the USA, Russian Interfax reports citing the informed sources.

"Now there are consultations, including through confidential channels, on the possibility to release Savchenko by exchange. The Russian side has offered a list of its citizens in exchange for whom it is ready to release the former Ukrainian servicewoman," one of the agency interlocutors said.

According to him, this list includes detained for many years in the USA entrepreneur Vikor But and pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko.

"The list includes also Russians whose activity is not usually published," the source added.