MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Savchenko received a 22-year prison sentence after being convicted in a Russian court of directing artillery that killed Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in eastern Ukraine on June 17, 2014.
"Regarding the exchange, it is theoretically possible if it is carried out in full compliance with the Russian legislation, and following a decision that may be taken only by Russia's president," Ivanov told reporters.
"It has nothing to do with the Minsk agreements since Russia, as everyone knows, is not a party to the conflict," Ivanov pointed out.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Kiev was ready to swap Savchenko for two Russian nationals captured in eastern Ukraine last year while allegedly fighting on the side of the Donbass militia.
Kiev authorities claim that Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeni Yerofeev were serving in the Russian military at the time of their capture in the Lugansk region, while the Russian military says both men were not on active duty and traveled to Ukraine on their own volition.