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Russia FM: Savchenko’s health causes no concern

March 25, 5:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"She is under constant supervision of Russian doctors," the Russian Foreign Minister said
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MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Health condition of convicted in Russia Ukrainian military servicewoman Nadezhda Savchenko on which many are trying to speculate, does not cause any concern, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after Russian-American talks on Friday.

"As for Nadezhda Savchenko, John (Kerry) indeed raised this question. He got an answer that is known to all, representatives of both the Foreign Ministry and representatives of the Kremlin press service have spoken about it. I have nothing to add here. We just confirmed that the health condition of Savchenko on which many are trying to speculate, does not cause any concern," the Russian minister said.

"She is under constant supervision of Russian doctors. It was possible to allow Ukrainian and German doctors to visit her, but after Savchenko’s indecent contempt of court, it was impossible for the court to give that permission," Lavrov said.

The minister drew attention to the fact that "according to laws in effect in many US states, in Germany, Baltic countries and other European countries, the contempt court is punishable by a prison term from 1 to 2 years, plus fines." "So, we have not invented anything new here," the minister said.

On Tuesday, the Donetsk City Court in southern Russia’s Rostov region found former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko guilty of complicity in the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin and of illegal border crossing and sentenced her to 22 years in jail and a fine of 30,000 rubles ($440).

Savchenko was found guilty of murdering VGTRK journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin; of an attempt to kill civilians and of illegal crossing of the Russian state border. Savchenko’s term will be calculated from the date of detention - June 30, 2014. Her prison sentence will last for 20 years and 3 months. Savchenko earlier said she disagreed with the verdict but would not appeal the court ruling.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday he was ready to exchange Russians Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov, who were detained in Donbass and are currently standing trial in Ukraine, for Nadezhda Savchenko.

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