PACE resolution: Russia should release Savchenko within 24 hours
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution that contains a clause demanding the release of Ukrainian MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadezhda Savchenko within 24 hours, and to transfer her to Ukraine or to a third party.
This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Twitter.
"PACE adopted a resolution in calling for the release of Nadezhda Savchenko within 24 hours," Klimkin wrote.
During the meeting PACE President Anne Brasseur proposed to change the clause of the draft resolution related to Savchenko’s urgent release.
The Chairman of PACE Monitoring Committee Stefan Shennah said that the Committee had no objections to the adoption of the amendment.
A total of 160 PACE deputies voted for the resolution, 42 were against, and 11 deputies abstained.
As a correspondent of Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported from Strasbourg, according to an agreement with the Russian delegation achieved at a closed meeting of the assembly’s Monitoring Committee, the above-stated clause contains a provision envisaging the possibility of Savchenko’s transfer not to Ukraine but to another state.
The final wording was: "The Assembly urges the Russian authorities to release Savchenko within 24 hours and return her to Ukraine, or transfer [her] to a third party."
However, the resolution is not legally binding, and the Russian side may refuse to comply with it.
As previously reported by UNIAN, amendments were proposed to the resolution on the authorities of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, providing for release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko within 24 hours, and Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Crimea and the restoration of its status as Ukrainian territory.
The resolution also urged the Russian authorities to release all prisoners and hostages who are illegally detained in the Russian Federation, and return control of the entire Ukrainian border to Ukrainian border guards.