Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström

I strongly condemn the sentence that was handed down yesterday against Nadiya Savchenko and once again call on Russia to immediately release Ms Savchenko and other Ukrainian nationals who have been illegally detained.

This conviction violates the universal human right to a fair trial and runs counter to Russia's commitments in the Minsk agreements. Russia must respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and international law.

Sweden has called on Russia on numerous occasions, both bilaterally in talks with Russian representatives and through the EU, to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko and other illegally detained Ukrainian nationals.