EU Foreign Ministers to support Savchenko at the EU Council session
The meeting is slated for March 14 in Brussels
Ministers for Foreign Affairs of several EU member countries will speak at the EU Council session in Brussels today to support the Ukrainian fighter pilot (EUObserver). As is known, Nadiya Savchenko was illegally detained by pro-Russian mercenaries and forcefully brought to Russia in July 2014. Currently, she’s being held in Russian pre-trial detention facility.
“Our statements do not, however, have any effect (on the Russian authorities), as this brave woman is dying within our sight during this charade referred to as “trial”, said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius. The diplomat added that the EU should go for more decisive steps so that those involved in Savchenko’s prosecution feel the consequences of their illegitimate actions.
Apart from the Lithuanian minister, his counterparts from Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom will deliver their statements, too.
It is expected that Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will also talk about Savchenko at the upcoming briefings on Monday. However, according to the EUObserver, her case won’t be mentioned in the official conclusions of the today’s EU Council session.
The outlet added that Mogherini’s office by far released six statements demanding to release the Ukrainian; none of them took effect.
Previously, Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that the issue of handling Savchenko to Ukraine won’t be negotiated until March 21-22, when the court is to pronounce the sentence in her case.
As 112 International reported, on March 10, Savchenko ceased her six-days-long waterless hunger strike as she protests against her illegal detention in Russia; currently, she drinks water and takes childhood nutrition. According to her lawyer Nikolai Polozov, the pilot’s health conditions seriously worsened after she ceased the hunger strike.
By the earlier court decision, the pilot is to stay in detention until mid-April.
Nadia Savchenko, MP and former Ukraine’s Air Force officer, was captured by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine in summer 2014. She says they captured her, forcefully brought her to Russia and passed her to Russian investigative authorities. Savchenko is charged with murder of two Russian reporters who worked in eastern Ukraine without any permission of the Ukrainian government. She is also charged with the illegal crossing of the Russian border. The pilot, her defense team and the Ukrainian government deny all charges, demanding to release her.
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