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Russia will not fight with Ukraine, - Russian Foreign Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sergei Lavrov stated Russia could not accept the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donets People’s Republics too
15:55, 17 December 2018

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised that Russia would not fight with Ukraine, as he said in an interview for Komsomolskaya Pravda.

“We will not fight with Ukraine, I promise,” Lavrov said.

Besides, Russia’s Foreign Minister stated that Russia could not accept the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donets People’s Republics as in this case they would leave Ukraine, which they should not do.

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“Recognition of the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic and declaration of war, I can't imagine how Russia will start a war with Ukraine, sometimes it is a manifestation of nervous breakdown and weakness,” Lavrov said.

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.   

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‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

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The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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