: Britain's minister for Europe calls for Savchenko's release

11:51 Apr. 13, 2016

Britain's minister for Europe calls for Savchenko's release

British minister for Europe David Lidington answers questions during a meeting with the press, after meeting with Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius in Vilnius, Lithuania, Jan. 14, 2016. (AP Photo)

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British Minister for Europe, David Lidington, has called on Russia to end the illegal detention of Nadiya Savchenko, according to an official statement.

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

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"I call on Russia once again to urgently fulfil its international obligations, including under the Minsk Agreements, and release Ms. Savchenko immediately," Lidington said.

In the statement, he also urged Russia "to show compassion and grant Ms. Savchenko's request to receive urgent medical assistance from international medical teams."

Read also Savchenko doesn't need to be hospitalized - Russian doctors claim


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