U.S. State Department: Russian court's verdict against Savchenko unjust
The Russian Federation has shown a blatant disregard for the principles of justice and contravened its commitments under the Minsk agreements, having sentenced Savchenko to 22 years in prison.
"The conviction and sentencing of Nadia Savchenko to 22 years' imprisonment show a blatant disregard for the principles of justice and contravene Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements," U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press statement on March 22.
According to Kirby, "for nearly two years, Russia has unjustly detained Savchenko on charges that have no basis in fact and has denied her the basic protections of the rule of law."
"She has reportedly endured interrogation, solitary confinement, and forced 'psychiatric evaluation,'" he said.
"Nadia Savchenko deserves to go home to her family and friends and to join her colleagues in the Rada in building a better future for their country. We reiterate our call on Russia to immediately release Nadia Savchenko and other unlawfully detained persons," Kirby said.