Lithuania calls for EU sanctions against Russia over Savchenko case

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Ukrainians hold portraits of Nadia Savchenko during a supportive rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 11 May 2015

Lithuania calls for EU sanctions against Russia over Savchenko case


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European Union sanctions against Russian officials involved in the prosecution and imprisonment of Ukrainian air force pilot Nadiya Savchenko were proposed by Lithuania.

As reported by The Baltic Times, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told BNS news on March 9 that “there should be certain consequences for the persons related to the fabricated case, and it should be considered”.

Linkevicius also said that four other countries are supporting Lithuania’s call for sanctions. These countries are Sweden, the United Kingdom, Romania and Poland. The minister presented the proposal to the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini.

“Other actions including protests, letters, and statements have yielded no result. This is one of the means of pressure,” Linkevicius said.

Russia has accused 34-year-old Savchenko of killing two Russian journalists during the fighting in Eastern Ukraine two years ago. Savchenko, who has denied the charges, could be imprisoned for up to 23 years if convicted.

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