U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, commenting on the transfer of Ukraine Hope Savchenko, said that her release is performing the “important part” of Russia’s obligations under the Minsk agreements. Review Kerry posted on Wednesday, may 25, at the state Department website.
“I welcome today’s news that Nadia Savchenko is back in Ukraine, but also about the humane decision of the government of Ukraine to release two Russian soldiers detained in Ukraine and have been convicted of terrorism-related charges,” said Kerry.
“Almost two years ago Nadezhda Savchenko was taken prisoner in battle in the East of Ukraine by force and against her will taken to Russia. Her release, after much testing, which included solitary confinement, is the fulfillment of Russia’s an important part of its commitments under the Minsk agreements and now must serve as a stimulus for their full implementation”, — said the head of the state Department.
He recalled that the points of the agreement include “a real, full and lasting ceasefire, full access to the employees of the OSCE in the conflict zone, the elections in accordance with Ukrainian legislation, which correspond to the OSCE standards and monitored by OSCE Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR), the withdrawal of foreign forces and means and the return to Ukraine of complete control within their international borders”.
“We also call on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements, freeing of all hostages and illegally detained persons”, – concluded Kerry.
Wednesday, may 25, convicted in Russia Nadezhda Savchenko was pardoned by the decree of the President of Russia and returned to Ukraine. At the same time he returned to Russia, convicted in Ukraine, the Russians Aleksandr Erofeev and Evgeny Aleksandrov, which were also pardoned by the decree of the President of Ukraine.