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Amnesty provisions of Minsk agreements inapplicable to arrested Ukrainian pilot — Kremlin

February 13, 2015, 13:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Kremlin spokesman said the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany had not addressed the issue of detained Nadezhda Savchenko who is accused of killing Russian journalists, during Minsk summit
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Nadezhda Savchenko

Nadezhda Savchenko

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The amnesty provisions in the complex of measures to implement the Minsk agreements, which was adopted at the summit in Belarusian capital, are not applicable to arrested Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, facing criminal charges in Russia, press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said on Friday commenting on the talks on February 11-12.

"This provision refers to people who are on the territory of Ukraine; amnesty may not be effective for those who are in other countries," he said.

A separate point of the talks’ final document provides for the release and exchange of all the hostages and illegally held persons based on the "all for all" principle that should be completed on the fifth day after the weapons withdrawal at the latest.

The press secretary said neither Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, nor France’s President Francois Hollande or Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel had addressed the issue of detained Savchenko during the talks in Minsk. "President Putin has presented detailed explanations on the case," he said. "The investigation is underway, and the court will decide whether she is guilty."

As the Minsk summit was over, Ukraine’s President Poroshenko said Savchenko may be released "soon."

Savchenko is accused of complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists near Luhansk and of illegal border crossing. The investigation has been prolonged till May 13. Protesting against the detention, Savchenko has been on a hunger strike for two months and refuses to stop it until released.

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