Poroshenko told about the unsuccessful attempt to talk with Putin
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that immediately after the incident in the Black sea tried to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Moscow has not responded to the request of Kiev.
According to Poroshenko, he appealed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to speak to Putin about the immediate release of captured Ukrainian sailors.
Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed to TASS that “any telephone contacts between the presidents was not.”
On Sunday evening, 25 November, Russian border guards attacked three Ukrainian warships, which followed in the Azov sea through the Kerch Strait. According to the FSB, the court held in the Russian territorial waters without prior notice and did not respond to requests of the Russian side. Kiev assured that advance notice of the movement of ships. All ships were 24 citizens of Ukraine, three of them were injured and were then taken to the hospital. In connection with the incident, the Ukrainian authorities introduced in ten regions of the country martial law for a period up to 26 December.
Putin has not yet commented on the incident. As reported on the Kremlin website, the Russian President during a phone conversation with Merkel “gave an assessment of the provocative actions of the Ukrainian side, the gross violation of international law by its military ships, deliberately ignoring the rule of innocent passage in the territorial sea of the Russian Federation”.
Kiev “bears full responsibility for the creation of another conflict situation and the related risks,” taken it all “as the election campaign in Ukraine”, noted in the message.
Putin “expressed hope that Berlin will have an impact on the Ukrainian authorities”.
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