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    March 8, 2016

    Maria Zakharova Responds to John Kerry's Calls for Savchenko's Release

    Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
    8th March, 2016




    The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, responded to the calls of US Secretary of State John Kerry to release the citizen of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko. Kerry called her further detention the non-compliance of the Minsk agreements.

    Zakharova recalled that the Minsk agreements say nothing about the citizen of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko, accused in Russia of involvement in the deaths of journalists in Donbass.

    "This raises serious doubts as to the authenticity of authorship. John Kerry must know that there is not a single word about Nadiya Savchenko in the Minsk agreements, and her case doesn't not apply to any of the points," wrote Zakharova on her Facebook page.

    In her opinion, the publication of calls for the release of the defendant the day before the court case is a direct attempt at pressuring the court to influence the decision.

    The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry also stated that the US State Department showed no interest in investigating the deaths of two Russian VGTRK journalists.

    "Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin were journalists, who, at the time of their death, were conducting professional duties. The State Department's indifference to the search for the killers of media representatives, who they are usually so concerned about, is direct proof of Washington's use of human rights issues solely for political purposes", — said Zakharova.

    She also added that the published statement is ridiculous in the background of emerging new monthly information on secret CIA prisons and the fate of the international contingent in Guantanamo Bay, who are outside the context of the judicial system and the US Constitution.





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