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Nadiya Savchenko: ready to run for president if people want

"It's not that I want it - but if you want, I'll do anything"

Nadiya Savchenko: ready to run for president if people want

Nadia Savchenko says she is prepared to become president in Ukraine if people want, but she is not sure that Ukrainians have learnt to vote without being bribed.

"Ukrainians, if you want me for president – well, I'll do it," she told a press conference in Kyiv on 27 May. "It's not that I want it - I like to fly - but if you want, I'll do anything, and will pass this way."

She doubted, however, whether Ukrainians have learned "not to vote for buckwheat [buckwheat was used to included in food baskets distributed by candidates participating in elections among voters as gifts]."

Savchenko was elected to the Verkhovna Rada on Fatherland ticket, while being jailed in Russia.

Russia released Savchenko on May 25 in exchange for the two GRU officers Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Evgeniy Yerofeyev.