“We expect Russia to permanently restore the freedom of passage at the Kerch Strait and urge all sides to de-escalate the situation immediately. The construction of the Kerch Bridge without Ukraine’s consent already constitutes a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and has led to the militarisation of the Azov Sea, as well as to the conflict escalating further,” the message says.
The MEPs demanded that Russia acts responsibly and takes immediate measures to de-escalate the situation, which might pose a threat to the European security and stability.
“We take note of today’s discussions in the Rada concerning martial law and are following related developments closely,” the statement says.
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. The Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law approving as a whole a presidential decree on the imposition of martial law in Ukraine.
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