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NATO to ensure security in Sea of Azov, - Poroshenko

The Ukrainian leader upholds the Alliance's mission deployment in the region
15:36, 13 December 2018

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

NATO will provide regional security in the Sea of Azov. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that during his joint press conference with the Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

'NATO will follow the course of events in the Sea of Azov, providing the security in the region. This is what we need now', he said.

Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine supports the NATO mission's deployment in the Sea of Azov. 

'It is very important that Ukraine participates in the RASP program, and we accept this support to increase the security level in the Sea of Azov waters', the president said.

He added that NATO should increase its permanent presence in the Black Sea.
As is known, in late November, the Russian Navy attacked the Ukrainian sailors. Three Ukrainian ships were on their way from Odesa to Mariupol to join the newly created Ukrainian naval base in the Sea of Azov. Russian naval vessels and aviation opened fire and wounded three Ukrainian servicemen. The ships and their crews were captured. Currently, 24 Ukrainian sailors face charges with the ‘illegal border crossing’, as they stay in detention centers in Moscow.

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