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UN states demand Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

The countries' representatives stated that Russia should provide freedom of navigation through the Kerch Strait and Azov Sea
10:56, 6 December 2018

Conflict in Sea of Azov
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The representatives of the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Estonia, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia and Canada urged Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and return the detained vessels without any additional conditions during the statements of the delegations. Ukrinform news agency reported that.

“We have seen these Russian games earlier. They hope that the international community will silently agree with the creeping annexation of Crimea, with the attempts to change the facts of reality forcefully. We have to prevent that,” said Jonathan Allen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Great Britain to the UN.

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Joining the demand of the U.S. Representative Jonathan Cohen, the British diplomat also stressed the importance of the demand to release the Ukrainian sailors and return the detained vessels of Ukraine’s Navy.

The representative of Lithuania agreed with him, also stating that Russia had to return sailors and vessels to Ukraine “without any additional conditions”. The envoy of Sweden joined the statements and claimed full support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. The  German representative noted he was very satisfied with the fact that Ukraine held a briefing and said thta Russia’s actions “should not be left without a response”.

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The representatives of Poland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Latvia and Canada joined the demand to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and vessels. Latvia’s representative described the Ukrainian sailors as POWs.

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