Reply to Russia on its Abduction, Detention, and Sentencing of Nadiya Savchenko: Statement to the PC

Nadiya Savchenko stands in a glass cage during a trial in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo)

Mr. Chair, two brief comments in response to the distinguished Russian colleague.

First, I can’t help but think that it must be consummately embarrassing for the representative of the Russian Federation to have to read a statement that attempts to persuade the people in this room that an obvious show trial, a process that is a travesty of justice, is somehow something that is being pursued consistent with the rule of law and international principles.

Second, it is certainly the prerogative of the Russian delegation to continue to peddle that line, but we must take this opportunity to remind the Russian Federation that Russia has committed, under the Minsk agreements, to the release of Nadiya Savchenko and others held on politically-motivated charges in the Russian Federation.

Thank you Mr. Chair.

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna