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Russia urges Western states to stay away from Azov Sea tensions

Ukraine said last week it planned to send warships to its Azov Sea ports via the Kerch Strait despite Russia’s seizure of three navy vessels and their crews in November
14:07, 26 December 2018

FSB photo of the undamaged tug ‘Yani Kapu’ on the 24th of November
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Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation informed that it hoped Western states would not participate in any Ukraine’s attempts to stage what it called “a provocation” in Kerch Strait and talk official Kyiv out of escalating tensions in the area, as Reuters reported.

“Ukraine said last week it planned to send warships to its Azov Sea ports via the Kerch Strait despite Russia’s seizure of three navy vessels and their crews in November,” the news agency said.

Related: SBU agent detained among Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait claims himself POW

Gavin Williamson, the Defence Minister of Britain, visited Ukraine last week. He told his Ukrainian counterpart that the Black Sea did not belong to the Russian Federation.

As it was reported, Great Britain sent Royal Navy vessel to the Black Sea waters.

Related: Ukraine to send warships through Kerch Strait, - NSDC

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.
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.

Related: Ukraine's Security Service agents captured in Kerch Strait conducted counter-intelligence missions

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