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German MFA announces strategy to establish peace in Ukraine

Earlier, Germany offered the United States and the European Union to close ports for Russian ships from the Sea of Azov
17:25, 1 December 2018

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany introduced a strategy aiming at establishing peace in Ukraine. This is reported on the Ministry's website.

'After Russia illegally annexed Crimea and supported the separatists in the East, more than 10 thousand people were killed in Ukraine. The deep conflict in close proximity to Europe is also a serious risk to the security of Germany,' the document says.

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The strategy consists of five points: the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the prevention of violations of international law, the need to strengthen and protect OSCE observers, considering the UN peacekeeping mission deployment, and support for reforms in Ukraine.

'For Germany it is clear: an unlawful act cannot create a new, legally valid state. The federal government is strongly committed to the territorial integrity of Ukraine,' the strategy text says.

As reported earlier, Germany offered the United States and the European Union to close ports for Russian ships from the Sea of Azov.

U.S. and European Union have to consider closing their ports for Russian vessels coming from the Sea of Azov. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany claimed this in Berlin, Reuters reports.  

The politician says that such actions have to be the response to the capture of Ukrainian military vessels in the Black Sea. 

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine. 

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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