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The Head of the Estonian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Marianne Mikko met Nadiya Savchenko today, assuring the latter of the continuous Estonian support for Ukraine.

Mikko handed the former military pilot and current member of the Ukranian parliament the statement made by the Riigikogu on 15 March which called on Russia to release her from illegal detention. Mikko said that the Riigikogu rarely made statements but that the statement in support of Savchenko was one.

Savchenko thanked Estonia for support and said that international support gave her strength during the difficult times. She was released from imprisonment in Russia on 25 May, after massive international pressure.

Topics at the meeting included Ukrainian-Russian relations, democratic development in Ukraine and the Baltic states, and Savchenko’s working plans as a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE:

Savchenko spoke about her efforts to liberate 29 political prisoners detained in Russia. Mikko described Savchenko’s fight to free prisoners as commendable.

“The illegal detention used by Russia violates international law and the 2014 Minsk agreement which provided for the immediate liberation of all the hostages and illegally detained individuals,” said Marianne Mikko.

The meeting took place in Strasbourg, France, in the framework of a PACE sitting, where Savchenko called for cooperation against Russian aggression.

Photos of the meeting

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