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Denmark, Czech Republic call for immediate release of Ukrainian sailors

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denmark and the Czech Republic strongly condemn the Russian actions and call on Russia to immediately release the 24 illegally detained crewmembers of the Ukrainian vessels seized in November 2018
09:33, 30 January 2019

Klimkin, Samuelsen, Petricek visit Ukraine's Mariupol on January 29
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The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Anders Samuelsen, and the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tomáš Petříček, jointly visited Eastern Ukraine and the port city of Mariupol together with their Ukrainian colleague Mr. Pavlo Klimkin on January, 29. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark reported that.

The visit to the frontline city of Mariupol was a signal of the two countries’ strong support for Ukraine.

“This visit serves to confirm our continued strong support for Ukraine. I am pleased to be here together with my Czech colleague. We are united in our strong and unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. We have not forgotten the incident on November 25, where 24 Ukrainian crewmembers were illegally detained by Russia. If Russia will not release the Ukrainian crewmembers, I believe the EU should be ready to look at further targeted sanctions against Russia. That will be discussed when we meet with our EU colleagues on 18 February, where we will also discuss what more we could do to support this region of Ukraine,” Anders Samuelsen, The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

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Denmark and the Czech Republic strongly condemn the Russian actions and call on Russia to immediately release the 24 illegally detained crewmembers of the Ukrainian vessels seized on November 25, 2018. If the crewmembers are not released, the EU should stand ready to look at new, targeted measures against Russia. Russia must ensure unhindered and free passage through the Kerch Strait to and from the Azov Sea and must halt its harassment of ships on their way to Ukrainian ports.

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Earlier Anders Samuelsen assumed imposition of anti-Russian sanctions due to the detention of the Ukrainian sailors. He also urged the EU to impose sanctions against Russia for confrontation in the Azov Sea and illegal detention of the Ukrainian sailors, as his statement published on the website of the establishment says.

“I think that the EU has to react to Russia’s aggressive behavior. If Russia does not want to release the sailors, I will take the lead on impositions of new sanctions of the EU,” he stated.

 

 

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