Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström on Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian nationals illegally detained in Russia

I call on Russia to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian nationals who have been illegally detained and held in custody in violation of the Minsk agreements.

Sweden has called on Russia to immediately release Savchenko and other Ukrainian nationals illegally detained, including Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko, on numerous occasions, both bilaterally in talks with Russian representatives and through the EU. As a demonstration of our support, our Embassy in Moscow is following Ms Savchenko's trial in the court room, and we encourage others to do the same. I stressed the efforts being undertaken by Sweden and the EU for the release of Savchenko when I met her sister Vira this fall in Kiev and New York.

Russia must respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and international law. The right to a fair trial is a basic human right.

Savchenko has been illegally detained since June 2014. A verdict is expected on 21–22 March.