MEP: Russia can not rely on the lifting of sanctions because of the release of Savchenko

Евродепутат: РФ может не расчитывать на снятие санкций из-за освобождения Савченко

The fact of the liberation of Hope Savchenko from Russian imprisonment does not mean the abolition of Western sanctions from Russian Federation. On Wednesday, may 25, said the head of the Green faction in the European Parliament Rebecca harms in an interview with DW.

According to harms, the exchange of prisoners and hostages is only part of the Minsk agreements “and not the most important part”. Much more important, in her opinion, there are some items, like the renewal of Ukraine’s control in certain parts of the Russian-Ukrainian border, the observance of the cease-fire and withdrawal of heavy weapons. “But this is not observed”, – said harms.

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On the contrary, the politician pointed to a re-escalation of the confrontation in the region, which takes place in the last days. “So I see little reason to talk about the lifting of sanctions. On the contrary, sanctions are an important tool in order to successfully through diplomatic channels to put pressure on Russia”, – she said.

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In addition, harms also pointed to the need to maintain the attention of the international community to the fate of other prisoners in Russia Ukrainian citizens.

As reported today, 25 may, Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned convicted for alleged murder of Russian journalists in the Donbas Hope Savchenko.

On the same day she arrived on the plane of the President of Ukraine to the airport “Borispol”, where he made the first statement to the press.

After that, Savchenko went to the presidential Administration, where a press conference was held. Also, the pilot visited the office IN “Batkivshchyna”.

According to first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko, Savchenko expressed his desire to work on the issue of release of prisoners.