"I believe this resolution does not make any sense as the rules provide no mechanism to expel a deputy from a committee. I don't think that the scandal fomented around Savchenko is unbiased. Savchenko is an ordinary MP. If we don't want her to be a lawmaker, we may take action but only at a political level. If she is a deputy, she should work in the committee, it's her duty," Lutsenko said.
"With all my radical condemnation of those things that Savchenko says every now and then, they - I've already talked to representatives of the prosecutor's office - don't constitute treason so far. If they did, I'm sure that a criminal proceeding would have long been instituted and a lot of politicians would be engaged and trying to further it," he added.
"Moreover, I doubt that such a legal nonsense would score more than 150 votes in this hall," the lawmaker noted.
The Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense considered at its meeting on Jan. 18 a proposal by Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Ivan Vynnyk to revoke Nadiia Savchenko's membership in the committee over the fact of high treason. The committee members supported the proposal.
Savchenko, in turn, said the committee's decision was "illegal."