Jeremy Hunt, the British Foreign Secretary stated that the International society is against Russia, as it violates the international law very strictly. The press service of the Foreign Office reports this.
“Today, the UK and our international partners in the EU, Australia, Canada, and the US have sent an unequivocal message to Russia that their attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait and the Black Sea last year was absolutely unacceptable”, the report said.
'We will continue to take necessary action together in response to Russia’s efforts to destabilize Ukraine', the Secretary stressed.
According to the report, Russia must immediately release the 24 detained servicemen and return the seized vessels.
The Chairman of the Border Guard Service Gennadiy Medvedev, the Head of the Service Command Point of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol Ruslan Romashkin, the Head of the Border Directorate of Russia’s Federal Security Service Sergey Stankevich and his Deputy Andrey Shein were included into the sanctions list.
GUP RK KTB Sudokompozit (Sudokompozit), PAO Zvezda, AO Zavod Fiolent (Fiolent), LLC SK Consol-Stroi LTD were sanctioned as well.
Earlier, The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions against six Russian individuals and eight Russian organizations for the attack at the Ukrainian vessels in Kerch Strait in November 2016.
As we reported earlier, On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked 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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.