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Russia denies recruiting Savchenko

'Savchenko's case is deeply domestic affair of Ukraine', presidential press secretary Peskov says
15:06, 24 March 2018

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The very assumption that Nadiya Savchenko was recruited by Russian special services, while in detention in the Russian prison, is a complete nonsense. Dmitriy Peskov, press secretary of Russian president, said that in his interview for MIR 24 TV channel - as quoted by RIA Novosti.

'That probaly comes from the British, they like assuming such things. Of course, it's a complete nonsense. Savchenko's case is a deeply domestic affair of Ukraine', he said.

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Peskov reiterated that the European leaders intend to negotiate with Ukraine about Savchenkoäs release. 'I wonder if by the end of the day they make a statement, demanding to release her. Let's see,' he said. 

On Wednesday, Ukraine's parliament agreed to deprive Savchenko of her MP's immunity and approved her detention. Savchenko was taken to the main building of the SBU (Ukraine's security service) in Kyiv. The court decided that Savchenko remains in custody for two months. 

Related: Court arrested Savchenko for two months without bail

Savchenko, the former pilot of Ukraine's Air Force and participant in the Donbas conflict, is charged with a number of crimes against the state: a coup d'etat attempt, organization of murder attempt on the lives of top officials, preparing a terrorist act, aiding terrorist activity and the illegal gun handling.  

The Ukrainian government assumes Savchenko acted in the interests of the Russian Federation. 

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