Estonian formin expresses gladness over Savchenko's release

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Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand on Wednesday expressed gladness over the release of Ukrainian pilot and member of the parliament Nadiya Savchenko, and said that the whole trial was at variance with the principles of administration of justice.

«I am glad that Nadiya Savchenko who was unlawfully detained by Russia has by now safely returned to her homeland,» Kaljurand was quoted by spokespeople as saying. «The whole process - Savchenko's detainment and her trial - were from the start at variance with the principles of administration of justice.»

«Savchenko's case was not only Ukraine's concern. The concern was shared with the Estonian people, and the case that was substantially at variance with international law was under the attention of Europe from the beginning until the end,» Kaljurand said.

Russia on Wednesday released Savchenko who had been sentenced to 22 years in prison in Russia. She was exchanged for two Russian soldiers detained in Ukraine.