Ukraine's Plea to the U.S: Savchenko calls on Trump to tighten sanctions against Russia

11:00 Nov. 11, 2016

Savchenko calls on Trump to tighten sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko in Kyiv (UNIAN photo)

Russia has already expressed confidence that restrictive measures would be lifted

Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker and former Russia's prisoner, has urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to strengthen sanctions against Russia, RFE/RL reports.

In her letter posted on Facebook on November 10, Savchenko urged Trump to provide Ukraine with the "diplomatic, technical, and military support" to fight Russia's aggression.

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Savchenko said the current standoff between Kyiv and Moscow over Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine was reminiscent of the situation in Europe before World War II.

"I want to add that you have all the possibilities to prevent World War III," Savchenko wrote.

Savchenko, a former military aviator, spent nearly two years in Russian custody before she was released and returned to Ukraine in May. She was elected to parliament in 2014 while being held in Russia.

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During his election campaign, Trump said he might look into the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

Russian president's aide Sergey Glaziev has already voiced hope that "anti-Russian sanctions hurting American business" would be cancelled.

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