Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (25 May):
I am glad and relieved that the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been released at last and that she can now return to her family in Ukraine.
This is good news for which we have long worked to bring about and for which we nevertheless had to wait a long time.
I offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ms Savchenko. Our thoughts are with her and her family.
I hope and wish that today’s exchange will help build trust between Ukraine and Russia, thus providing the Minsk process with positive momentum.