Putin: Liberation of Ukrainian sailors has nothing to do with Russia's return to PACE

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian president continues to insist on the version of "Ukrainian provocation"
15:49, 29 June 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the situation concerning the imprisoned Ukrainian sailors is in no way connected with the return of the Russian delegation to PACE. He stated this during the final press conference of the G20 summit in Osaka, reports Unian news agency.

"What does PACE and Ukrainian sailors have to do with it?", Putin answered the question of the journalist.

He also said that the new chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine allegedly admitted that the passage of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait in November 2018 was “a provocation organized by Poroshenko (Ukraine's the-then president) during the election campaign.”

On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol, which went from Odesa to Mariupol in the Kerch Strait area.

As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shellingwere transferred to the prison hospital.
Related: Russia presses final charges against some of captured Ukrainian sailors, - lawyer

In May, the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Russia to immediately release the 24 Ukrainian sailors and three ships that were captured in the Kerch Strait last fall, and ensure their return to Ukraine.

On the last day of the execution of the court decision, June 25, Russia offered Ukraine to  guarantee participation in the criminal prosecution of seafarers. In turn, the Foreign Ministry appealed against such non-compliance with the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea by Russia. Zelensky during a briefing called on Putin to release the Ukrainian POWs.

After PACE’s unconditional confirmation of the authority of the Russian delegation, the delegations of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia and Georgia declared demarche and turned to the parliaments and governments of their countries regarding future participation in the organization.

As reported, on the night of June 26, the PACE relevant committees considered the issue of the powers of the Russian delegation. Following the review, a recommendation was adopted to confirm them without imposing any sanctions, even to the minimum extent that remained available after the Assembly’s resolution adopted on Monday.
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