Poroshenko called on Russia to immediately release detained Ukrainian sailors

Poroshenko called on Russia to immediately release detained Ukrainian sailors

Moscow. 7 Dec. INTERFAX.RU Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for the release of sailors detained by Russian border in the Kerch Strait on November 25.


“We urge the Kremlin immediately, without any preconditions, to release Ukrainian sailors, immediately transfer the captured Ukrainian military vessels, and to fully open the navigation in accordance with international law in the Kerch Strait, to de-occupy the sea of Azov, unlocking the activities of the Ukrainian ports”, — said Poroshenko on Friday in Kiev at a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

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For its part, the Lithuanian President said that Russia must implement international agreements on shipping in the sea of Azov, and to ensure the free use of the Kerch Strait.

“We want to reiterate that the Azov sea is not a territory of Russia, and that the sea is subject to all international agreements. And Russia as well as all others, must abide by international agreements. If not, we always will help support Ukraine and will continue to increase its military presence, and we need to ensure free movement (Kerch) Strait… and we have to fulfill all the agreements that apply to international waters,” — said Grybauskaite.

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“We know today that the international organization has taken no sanctions because of Russian actions. We have adopted their national sanctions in protest against the actions of Russia in the Kerch Strait,” — said Grybauskaite, adding that penalties apply, including individuals who are not able to engage in economic and other activities in Lithuania, “and thus they will be responsible for the attack” on Ukrainian ships.

25 Nov in the Kerch Strait, the Russian border guards with weapons detained three ships of the Ukrainian Navy bound for the sea of Azov. Several Ukrainian sailors were injured. Only in Russia, under arrest was of 24 Ukrainian sailors.

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