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    The European Parliament's suggestions concerning imposing personal sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin over the case involving Nadezhda Savchenko, who is on trial for the murder of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, is an inadmissible interference in the court process, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, a Polish lawmaker posted on his Twitter an appeal on behalf of a number of members of the European Parliament to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini calling for personal sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and 28 other persons in connection with the case of a citizen of Ukraine Nadezhda Savchenko.

    "We cannot agree with attempts to interfere in court processes, which are underway in our country in strict accordance with the Russian legislature, including, of course, the Savchenko case. Any interference is inadmissible here… Taking into account that the process is underway, we consider it unacceptable to comment it," Peskov told journalists, answering a question about the Kremlin's stance on a EU proposal of imposing sanctions against Putin and some other high-ranking Russian officials.

    Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday he was unaware of any proposals coming from Ukraine to exchange its citizen Nadezhda Savchenko, who is on trial in Moscow on charges of killing Russian journalists.

    "I do not know anything about this kind of proposals," Peskov told journalists at a press briefing answering a question whether Kiev had offered to swap Savchenko for anyone in custody.

    Russian prosecutors demand that the Ukrainian national be sentenced to 23 years in jail, while her defense team argues she is innocent. Savchenko has pleaded not guilty. The court ruling is due on March 21-22.

    Savchenko is suspected of helping to direct artillery fire near the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on June 17, 2014, that led to the death of two Russian journalists, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin.


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