The Open Dialogue Foundation sent letters to the European External Actions Service (EEAS) on the Nadiya Savchenko and Eston Kohver cases. The appeals with information on the Ukrainian aviation lieutenant and Estonian intelligence officer, illegally detained in the Russian Federation, were addressed to Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, as well as to Mr Gunnar Wiegand, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia Regional Cooperation and OSCE countries.
In its letters, the Foundation draws attention to the still unresolved cases of European citizens and national security servants, as well as appeals to the addressees to take immediate actions, in order to resolve, in peaceful manner, the cases of Ms Savchenko and Mr Kohver.
According to the Foundation, European and broader international authorities, as well as the EEAS should engage in a continuous political and diplomatic dialogue with their Russian counterparts, in order to not allow for these cases to be forgotten. Only the interest on the highest political and diplomatic levels of the EU and other international organizations, will allow Ms Savchenko and Mr Kohver’s release, and will make it possible to obtain information on Estonian officer’s situation.
The Foundation also underlines that the fact that both detained persons are security servants of their respective countries should not serve as justification for the lack of actions on the European level.