Lithuania blacklists 46 Russians for prosecuting Ukrainians

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 10:20 AM

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Lithuanian government said Wednesday it has blacklisted 46 Russian citizens involved in criminal prosecutions of several Ukrainians including the imprisoned pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius urged other EU countries to join Lithuania in banning Russian judges and prosecutors. He did not reveal the names on the list to reporters.

"We want to express solidarity with Ukrainians," he said. "This list reflects the one which was earlier published in Ukraine."

Meanwhile, a regional court in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Wednesday sentenced a dual Russian-Lithuanian citizen, Russian military reservist Evgeny Mataytis, to 13 years in a penal colony for spying for the Baltic state.

Earlier this month, a Russian court sentenced a Lithuanian man to 12 years in prison on espionage charges.

The Baltic countries, former Soviet republics that regained independence two decades ago amid the collapse of the Soviet Union, have been alarmed by Moscow's intervention in Ukraine and the increasing activity of Russian forces in the Baltic Sea.

Savchenko, one of several Ukrainians prosecuted by Russian courts, was sentenced last month to 22 years in prison after she was convicted of complicity in the 2014 killing of two Russian journalists during fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile in Berlin, the Foreign Ministry said a team of German doctors is still waiting for permission from Moscow to allow them to examine Savchenko.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said German doctors were allowed to see Savchenko on a previous occasion and "minor disputes regarding information on Ms. Savchenko's actual condition" ensued.

"We are really seriously concerned about the state of Ms. Savchenko's health," Schaefer said.

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AP writers Katherine Jacobsen in Moscow and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.