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Russia not to release Savchenko under Minsk agreements – Foreign Ministry

Russia is not a subject of the Minsk agreements.

Russia not to release Savchenko under Minsk agreements – Foreign Ministry
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Official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mariya Zakharova told journalists that the western countries are wrong to demand Russia release Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko, who is sentenced to 22 years, according to the requirements of the Minsk agreements.

"Russia is not a subject of the Minsk agreements. They are devoted to two conflicting parties. We are to influence the conflicting parties equally as France and Germany to influence Kiev. All other things we are not to do," Zakharova said, RIA News reports.

As noted before, on 22 March the Donetsk city court in Russia's Rostov Region sentenced Nadiya Savchenko to 22 years in a penal colony, having pronounced her guilty of murder of two Russian journalists and illegal crossing of the border into Russia.

On 25 March, Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyer Ilya Novikov stated that the negotiations between the US Secretary of State and Russian government in Moscow reached an agreement on release of the Ukrainian pilot.

Earlier, press secretary of the Russian President Dmitriy Peskov stated that after the verdict came into force, Nadiya Savchenko would serve her sentence unless Vladimir Putin made another decision. Although, the Russian president has not made such a decision on Savchenko yet.