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Russia responds to threats of Ukraine to attain Hamburg sanctions

Russian MFA representative Maria Zakharova said Moscow has realized there was no need for a reason for the sanctions
15:45, 26 May 2019
Maria Zakharova
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Russia is skeptical about the statement that Ukraine will demand the imposition of Hamburg sanctions from Germany if Moscow refuses to comply with the decision of the UN International Tribunal regarding the release of Ukrainian sailors. This follows from the comment given by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova to RBK.

"As we have already understood, there is no need for a reason for the sanctions - they are constantly stamped," she said.
Earlier, permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko recollected the times when Russia was laughing at the attempts of the international organization to force them to release Ukrainian sailors. Yelchenko urged Russia to fulfill the decision of the Maritime Tribunal. The diplomat wrote this on Twitter.

“When the UN General Assembly called on Russia to release our sailors and ships in the resolution 2/3 votes, their delegation called this decision “ridiculous attempt”. Had fun? Implement the decision of the UN Tribunal now!” Yelchenko stated.

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International Maritime Tribunal on May 25, demanded from Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships and ensure their return to Ukraine. Ukraine is counting on Russia’s speedy implementation of the decision.
 
We recall, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.

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 shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.
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