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Czech Republic Senate does not consider tightening of anti-Russian sanctions

The chairmen of the parliament urged Russia and Ukraine to negotiate
12:19, 3 December 2018

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Yaroslav Kuberta, the Chairman of Czech Republic Senate, and Radek Vondráček, the Chairman of the House of Representatives, support the preservation of the current anti-Russian sanctions, yet they do not consider their tightening, as Radio Praha reports.

“I support anti-Russian sanctions, as, unfortunately, we don’t have any other opportunity to manifest our disagreement with Russia’s actions,” Kuberta said.

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In addition, the representatives of the Senate stated that due to the Azov crisis, now the main goal is to bring both of the sides to the negotiating table.

At the same time, he stated that he did not support the tightening of the sanctions “due to uncertainty of the interests, which each side of the conflict pursuits”. Kuberta pointed at “a negative influence of the pension reform on Putin’s reputation and Poroshenko’s interests in terms of mobilizing the voters before the presidential elections.”

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In his turn, Radek Vondráček stated that he did not see any reasons to cancel anti-Russian sanctions as “the reasons they have been imposed have never disappeared.”

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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‘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. 

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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, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

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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