Nordic, Baltic foreign ministers call on Russia to release Kohver, Ukrainians


Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers, meeting in Copenhagen today and tomorrow, called on Russia to immediately release Eston Kohver, Ukrainian citizens Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko, and to provide a fair trial for Nadezhda Savchenko.

Foreign ministers urged Russia to release Kohver, who was abducted from Estonia a year ago and sentenced to 15 years in prison, two Ukrainian filmmakers and a Ukrainian pilot, Reuters reported.

Sentsov and Kolchenko were recently sentenced to 20 and 10 years respectively, for allegedly plotting terrorist acts in Crimea. Estonia and other western countries have called their detention in an annexed territory illegal and demanded their immediate release.

Ukrainian pilot Savchenko, accused of murder, is still facing trial in Russia.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said there are 11 people currently detained in Russia, who his country considers political prisoners.

Editor: M. Oll

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