Zakayev might be granted amnesty. He responded with intention to return to Chechnya.
In his interview to "Echo of Moscow" radio Akhmed Zakayev said that he intends to return to Chechnya, and "to contribute to a long-term peace in the region". The ringleader of Chechen apostates Kadyrov welcomed the decision.
The former minister of Foreign Affairs of the CRI, Akhmed Zakayev (who has declared himself a "Premier of Euro-Ichkeria") may be granted amnesty. Russian presidential envoy for "international cooperation in combating terrorism and transnational crime", Anatoli Safanov said at a press conference.
"The path to amnesty is not closed to Zakayev," Safonov said. "If he goes to Russia and proves his innocence in court, he can use the possibility given to him by President Kadyrov".
According to him, Zakayev stated earlier that he dissociates himself from terrorists. "Decision on Zakayev's amnesty is in the juristical field", Medvedev's envoy noted.
A few hours after this message, in his interview to "Echo of Moscow" radio Akhmed Zakayev said that he intends to return to Chechnya, and "to contribute to a long-term peace in the region".
According to Zakayev, ringleader of the Chechen apostates Kadyrov can "unite the Chechen society".
"Considering today's realities Ramzan Kadyrov has all the chances to initiate a political process to consolidate the Chechen society, to help in creating a single, reasonable political platform which will define relationship with Russia", Zakayev said in his interview to his own Internet website.
Puppet ringleader of the Chechen apostates Kadyrov has already welcomed Zakayev's intention to return home.
"I welcome Zakayev's intention to return to Chechnya. I am sure that he took the right decision and he will find his place in the Chechen society", Kadyrov said, commenting on the statement of Zakayev.
"We have previously offered Zakayev to return home. We wish to let every resident of the republic forced to live abroad to know that Chechnya is their homeland and it is open to everyone who has no connection to serious crimes", pro-Moscow puppet ringleader stated in the interview to RIA News.
He expressed confidence that the "changes taking place in the Chechen republic encourage those who lived abroad for a long period of time, calling themselves leaders of Ichkeria, to return back to the homeland".
"The intention of Zakayev to return home is a sign that he firmly believed in the irreversible changes in the country, saw that people are building their future, and that no one can interfere, or impose new tragedy", expressed his views on the statement of Zakayev the ringleader of apostates .
It should be mentioned that earlier, after official invitation by the ringleader of the Chechen apostates Kadyrov to return home, Akhmed Zakayev expressed fears about his own safety.
Zakayev considered Kadyrov's guarantees insufficient and hinted that such guarantees can be given only by Moscow.
Zakayev also admitted that he has been conducting intensive negotiations with Kadyrov on mutual cooperation and his return home for about 8 months already.†