PACE adopted a resolution on the situation in the Kerch Strait

PACE adopted a resolution on the situation in the Kerch Strait

KIEV/MOSCOW, 24 Jan — RIA Novosti. The parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Thursday adopted a resolution on the situation in the Kerch Strait.


In the vote was attended by 122 members, of which 103 voted in favor, three against, and 16 abstained. The Russian delegation in the session does not participate. The PACE resolution are Advisory and non-binding.

The Ukrainian delegation tried to introduce an amendment according to which the detained sailors would be considered “prisoners of war”. However, in the final resolution of this word is not included.

“The Assembly urges the Russian Federation to immediately release Ukrainian military and provide them with medical care and the necessary legal and consular assistance, in accordance with the applicable provisions of international humanitarian law, particularly the Geneva conventions,” — said in the text.

The PACE resolution also suggested that Moscow and Kiev to “refrain from any further actions which could escalate the conflict and threaten security throughout the region and aggravate the legal dispute between Ukraine and the Russian Federation”.

Three ships of the Ukrainian Navy 25 November 2018 violated the border of Russia, included in the temporarily closed waters of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation and moved from the Black sea to Kerch Strait. They maneuvered in a dangerous manner, did not obey the lawful demands of the Russian authorities. Ships with 22 sailors and two employees of SBU were detained. In relation to detainees initiated a criminal case on illegal crossing of the state border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident in the Black sea as a provocation, noting that among the crew members of the Ukrainian courts, violated the border of Russia, were two employees of the security service of Ukraine, who actually led the operation. Putin stressed that Russian border guards had performed their functions for the protection of the state border. According to him, the provocation in the Black sea tied to a low rating of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko before the elections.

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