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Minister for Europe calls for Savchenko release

Minister for Europe, David Lidington, has called on Russia to end the illegal detention of Nadiya Savchenko.

The Minister said:

I am deeply concerned by reports that Nadiya Savchenko’s health is seriously deteriorating. She has now refused food and water for 7 days in protest against her illegal detention in Russia, flawed trial, judgment and sentence.

I call on Russia once again to urgently fulfil its international obligations, including under the Minsk Agreements, and release Ms Savchenko immediately. In the meantime, I urge Russia to show compassion and grant Ms Savchenko’s request to receive urgent medical assistance from international medical teams.

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