Aleksandr Erofeev and Evgeny Aleksandrov, and the new lawyer Aleksandr Aleksandrov, Valentin Rybin (left to right) at the meeting of Goloseevskiy district court of Kyiv, 18 April 2016
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held on the evening of Monday, April 18, a telephone conversation. This was reported to journalists the press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
According to Peskov, among the issues discussed was the fate of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko and Russian citizens detained in Ukraine, and Aleksandr Aleksandrov Evgeny Erofeev.
“During the meeting they discussed the settlement in the South-East of Ukraine, current moments in bilateral relations. Also addressed the issue of Nadezhda Savchenko, as well as about the fate of Russian citizens Alexander and Erofeev. The presidents agreed that Savchenko will soon be available to the Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-don”, — quoted Peskov, “RIA Novosti”.
Hope Savchenko on March 22 was sentenced by the municipal court of Donetsk of the Rostov region to 22 years in a General regime colony. She was found guilty in the case of the death of the VGTRK journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in the Donbass. The Russians Alexandrov and Erofeev, which Ukraine considered the “fighters FCU”, April 18, were sentenced Goloseevsky district court of Kiev to 14 years of imprisonment.
On the day of sentencing Savchenko, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in a special video message offered to exchange Savchenko on Alexander and Erofeev.
Last week Putin after the “Straight line” spoke to journalists can be used to exchange Savchenko, told me that Moscow is in contact with Kiev on the matter, but suggested “not to run forward”. “We are in contact on this issue with the Ukrainian authorities. Our partners know our position. And in such matters it is better not get ahead of ourselves”, — said Putin.