Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had agreed a framework for a deal to secure the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko from a 22-year jail sentence in Russia. Poroshenko also mentioned Russian citizens Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, currently held in Ukraine on charges of terrorism, as possible pieces of a prisoner exchange.
NATO: Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, said the alliance will discuss Russia’s risky military maneuvers when allied ambassadors meet with Russian officials Wednesday. The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels will be the first since June 2014, when the alliance cut off practical cooperation with Moscow following the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
Meanwhile, Poland's defense minister said Russia continued to pose a serious threat to NATO and that Moscow was systematically preparing for aggression against the alliance.
The Russia-NATO dialogue "will not be an easy one, because confidence is destroyed very quickly, but is restored much slower and this requires considerably greater efforts," the Kremlin said ahead of tomorrow's meeting.