NATO urged Russia to immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships
BRUSSELS, 26 Nov. /TASS/. The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) urged Russia to immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships detained during Sunday’s incident in the Kerch Strait. This was stated on Monday by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the an unscheduled meeting of the Commission NATO — Ukraine on this matter.
“There is no excuse for the use of force by Russian forces against Ukrainian ships. NATO urges Russia to immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships”, — said Stoltenberg.
Earlier Monday, NATO Secretary General and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko discussed the incident in the Kerch Strait on the phone.
November 25 three ships of naval forces of Ukraine violated the right of passage of warships through the territorial sea of the Russian Federation when following from the Black to the Azov sea. For their compulsory stop in the Kerch Strait weapon was used, three servicemen of the Ukrainian Navy, was slightly injured, they received medical treatment. The ships were detained and brought to Kerch, for violation of the state border of the Russian Federation initiated a criminal case.
The Russian side has called the incident a provocation, the Ukrainian authorities initiated the introduction of martial law, and the EU and NATO called for de-escalation of the situation.