The issue of exchange of 24 Ukrainian sailors from the three ships of the Ukranian Navy detained by the Russian military in the Kerch Strait is yet on the agenda. President of Russia Vladimir Putting claimed this during the press conference after G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, reports the press office of the press office of the Kremlin.
‘Not, questions on an exchange is not discussed yet, and the Ukranian side hasn’t raised such a question. It is early to talk about it, the investigation is carrying on. We need to obtain complete evidence from the sailors, to compile it all in the right way, and we will see,’ Vladimir Putin claimed.
In response to a question about the call of world leaders to free the Ukrainians and transfer the captured ships to Ukraine, Putin recalled the detention of Russian fishermen by Ukraine.
‘Remember about the fishermen, who were detained in the Sea of Azov without justification. The agreement of 2003 provides that there is a five-kilometer zone, as territorial waters, and the rest of the sea is common, including for economic use. Fishermen were not even in the five-kilometer zone, took them and captured. The captain is still kept there,’ Putin said and called the happened ‘arbitrariness’.
Once more he noted that he thinks that the incident in the Kerch Strait, which occurred on November 25 is a ‘clear provocation.’ Reminded that on September 11, the Russian military allowed with no problem similar convoy of Ukrainian military ships to go to Mariupol and Berdiask.
‘They were given a pilot and passed... Instead of doing the same, they arranged this provocation, although even after they violated our territorial waters, entered our territorial sea, the border guards told them: 'If you are headed to the Kerch, get up to the parking lot and take a pilot. ' 'No, we are not going there.' And went there right away. And this pushing with the sides (sides of vessels, - 112.international) started after that,’ Putin said.