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Germany offers U.S., EU to close ports for Russian vessels coming from Sea of Azov

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany notes that such measures have to be in force until the situation in Ukraine is resolved
08:38, 1 December 2018
Reuters

The U.S. and the 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. 

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The Christian Democratic Union of Germany noted that such measures have to be in force until the situation in Ukraine is resolved. 

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.  

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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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