Today, 66 members of the Riigikogu submitted a draft statement in support of Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, military pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who is being illegally detained in Ukraine. The statement requests her release and return to Ukraine.
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, who presented the draft statement on the release of Nadiya Savchenko, said that sanctions should be imposed against the officials of Russia responsible for the violations of international law and the imprisoning of Savchenko.
“It is one possibility, and it is better than quietly watching how international law is being grossly violated,” former Foreign Minister said.
“Nadiya Savchenko, who was kidnapped from the territory of Ukraine 20 months ago, must be released. The members of the Riigikogu who joined today’s statement also insist that the officials of the Russian Federation who are responsible for the capture, detention and illegal trial of Nadiya Savchenko were banned from entering the European Union,” she added.
“By today, Russia has robbed 632 days from the life of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada member Nadiya Savchenko. During that time, she has been kept in solitary confinement, she has been forced to undergo psychiatric evaluation, and the so-called trial against her has become a political vengeance of Russia. It is obvious that Russia is violating international law,” Pentus-Rosimannus finds.
“It is extraordinary and extreme that the Riigikogu makes a statement in such a format, but the situation of Nadiya Savchenko, who is suffering in Russia in the harshest way possible because of political vengeance and has started hunger strike, is also extreme,” Member of the Riigikogu said.
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu
Statement of the Riigikogu
In support of illegally imprisoned Nadiya Savchenko
The Riigikogu expresses deep concern over the fate of Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Member Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured in Ukraine and is being illegally detained in Russia, and calls for her release.
Nadiya Savchenko is an elected member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. She was captured against her will in the territory of Ukraine by members of the so-called Donbass People’s Militia on 17 June 2014. In July 2014, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced that Savchenko “crossed the Russian border on her own accord.”
It is obvious that by imprisoning and illegally detaining a Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Russia has violated and is violating international law, including the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of 1949 and the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014, point 5 of which requests “immediate release of all hostages and illegally detained persons.”
The Russian Federation continues the trial against Savchenko on baseless charges; it is little more than political vengeance.
On 4 March 2016, Savchenko started a hunger strike, refusing both food and water, to protest against the illegal trial and demand her return to Ukraine.
The Riigikogu calls on the Russian Federation to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko and hand her over to Ukraine.
The Riigikogu calls for officials of the Russian Federation who are responsible for the capture, detention and illegal trial of Nadiya Savchenko to be banned from entering the European Union.
Submitted by Members of the Riigikogu on 9 March 2016
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