Putin not responded to Poroshenko's request regarding telephone conversation on Azov crisis

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian side refuses to conduct direct telephone conversations
17:32, 2 December 2018

Poroshenko, NSDC urgent session, Kyiv, November 2018

President Petro Poroshenko said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet responded to his request concerning a telephone conversation about the Azov Sea crisis. The Russian side refuses to conduct direct telephone conversations, Poroshenko said in an interview with France 24, the presidential press service reports.

The President of Ukraine stressed that when the attack on the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait took place, he instructed his officials to contact the President of Russia Putin.

“Unfortunately, so far Putin has not responded to my request for a direct telephone conversation in any format — bilaterally, in Normandy format, with the participation of American partners, etc.,” Poroshenko said.

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The President stressed that Russia grossly violated international law not only by attacking the Ukrainian military, not only by closing the Kerch Strait, trying to block the entire Sea of Azov, "which is de facto an attempt to occupy Azov."

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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