Thorhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir, the Chair of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, has welcomed in principle the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. At the same time, she insisted that Volodymyr Tsemakh, a “person of interest" regarding the downing of flight MH17, who was included in the exchange at Russia’s request, must remain available to the Dutch authorities investigating the case.
"The fact that Ukraine allowed Mr Tsemakh to travel to Russia does not mean that he is no longer required to co-operate in the investigation of this terrible event. Russia is a member State of the Council of Europe and as such is legally bound to fight impunity.”
“I should like to add that, in early October, the committee I chair will appoint a Rapporteur mandated to assess the progress made in investigating this tragedy and holding to account those responsible.”