Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has signed a law that could make it easier for spy-convicted Frode Berg to be exchanged from Russian captivity.
According to VG, the president’s office informed the Lithuanian news agency Baltic News Service (BNS).
– This adds to the series of good news in recent weeks and strengthens our belief that Frode Berg can soon be released. It only remains for the two presidents of Russia and Lithuania to sign the pardon applications for the five involved in the exchange, Frode Berg’s lawyer Brynjulf Risnes told the newspaper.
The law, signed on Monday, was passed by the Lithuanian parliament last week.
On October 16, BNS cited anonymous sources that Russia and Lithuania had agreed to exchange a spy-convicted Russian for two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted in Russia.
BNS did not name Frode Berg by name, but Berg is the only Norwegian to be convicted of this offence in Russia.
In late October, the pardon committee in Russia recommended that Frode Berg be pardoned. On Wednesday last week, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman confirmed that they have received an application for a pardon from Berg, but it is not known when it will be considered.
Solicitor Risnes has previously stated that he believes Berg may be back home soon.
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