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Trudeau urges Putin to release Ukrainian sailors

The Prime Minister of Canada also remembered Putin’s attention about the tense situation in the Sea of Azov
11:10, 2 December 2018

The Canadian Press

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau called to release the captured Ukrainian sailors while having a conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The Prime Minister claimed this at the press conference after the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, reports CBC News. 

He noted that he talked personally to the Russian President at the first meeting of the leaders on November 10. 

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‘I used the moment to speak directly with President Putin in order to put pressure on him in connection with our concern about the situation in the Sea of Azov and the fate of the Ukrainian sailors who were taken prisoner. I asked him to free the Ukrainian sailors and allow free passage of ships to the Sea of Azov,’ Trudeau said. 

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.  

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‘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.   

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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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