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Federation Council of Russian Federation responds to note of Ukraine’s MFA

Russian lawmakers want Ukrainian government to admit that its navy carried out a provocation in the Kerch Strait
09:14, 5 November 2019

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The Federation Council has declared its readiness to return the ships that were captured in Kerch Strait, provided that Ukraine admits that its navy carried out a provocation against Russians in November 2018. This was stated by Federation Council's member Sergei Tsekov, TASS reports.

The Russian senator noted that Russian investigation may have some interest in Ukrainian ships, but Russian authorities do not want to spend money on the storage of other people's property.

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Another senator from the occupied Crimea, Olga Kovitidi, accused Ukraine of its desire to conduct a political demarche.

"Ukrainian side did not aim at the release of sailors and ships, Ukraine needs a political demarche. Ukraine is once again creating a political provocation without thinking about its property or the fate of its people," Covididi said.

She reminded that there are still ships of the Ukrainian fleet in Crimea, which have been there since 2014, and Kyiv ignores the request of Russian authorities to take them away.

As we reported earlier, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine sent the note to Russia, in which it demands to return the vessels captured in Ketch Strait in 2018, as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

“The Foreign Ministry sent the note to Russia with the demand to indicate the coordinates and time, when we can take away our vessels,” Prystaiko said.

Related: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry sends note to Russia demanding return of vessels captured in Kerch Strait

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