No discussions on handling Savchenko to Ukraine before verdict
Russian Foreign Ministry says the court will complete consideration of the case “despite the pressure”
Ukrainian fighter pilot, MP Nadiya Savchenko might be only transferred to Ukraine after the court finishes considering her case. Mariya Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said this at a briefing while addressing the issue of Ukraine’s request to release its citizens detained in Russia (Interfax).
According to her, the court will complete consideration of her case, despite it is “under pressure” right now. Commenting on the recent U.S. statement that Savchenko’s detention in Russia violates Minsk agreements, the spokeswoman said this document only regulates relations between Ukraine and the militant-held territories of Donbas.
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.
The Russian court decided to pronounce the sentence in Savchenko’s case on March 21 and 22.
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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