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Putin, Merkel discuss conflict in Azov Sea

Putin expressed hope that Berlin would influence the Ukrainian authorities to prevent them from further thoughtless steps
12:25, 27 November 2018

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Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Azov Sea due to Russia’s aggression and capture of the Ukrainian vessels along with the crew, as the press office of the Kremlin reported.

“A serious concern was expressed due to Kyiv’s decision to put the Armed Forces on high alert and introduce martial law,” the message says.

Related: Ukraine’s Parliament appeals to international community due to Russia’s aggression in Azov Sea

It was noted that allegedly, the Ukrainian authorities are responsible for “the creation of another conflict and risks related to this:” “All this was obviously decided due to the pre-election campaign in Ukraine.”

“Putin expressed hope that Berlin would influence the Ukrainian authorities to prevent them from further thoughtless steps,” the message says.

Related: European Parliament calls Russia for de-escalation in Azov area

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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