04:23 GMT17 January 2021
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    US President Barack Obama reportedly urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to release Savchenko, suspected of helping direct artillery fire that led to the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine two years ago.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kremlin considers foreign interference in Russian court hearings, including in the case of Ukrainian national Nadezhda Savchenko, unacceptable, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    "The president has repeatedly given explanations on this matter – both to foreign counterparts and on other levels – that this is a trial, any outside interference in the jurisdiction of our courts is unacceptable, it is impossible," Peskov told reporters.

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

    Russian prosecutors are seeking a 23-year prison sentence for Savchenko. The 34-year-old Ukrainian citizen denies all the allegations. A court ruling in the case is expected to be announced on March 21-22.


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