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Macron urges Putin to release Ukrainian sailors, vessels

The leaders of the countries had a phone conversation and discussed crises in Ukraine and Syria
08:54, 3 January 2019

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France
Reuters

The President of France urged his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin to release captured Ukrainian sailors and vessels, as the press office of the Élysée Palace reports.

“Speaking of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, Macron urged Russia to immediately release detained Ukrainian sailors and return the ships captured after the naval incident in Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018,” the message says.

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Besides, the leaders of the states discussed Syria. According to Macron, fight against terrorism is France’s priority in Syria, and this fight is not over.

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. 

Related: Ukraine to file complain to ECHR against Russia on captured sailors

21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

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