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UK stands for tightening of anti-Russian sanctions

London urges Russia to release captured sailors and vessels
10:16, 4 December 2018

Reuters

Great Britain stands for tightening of the anti-Russian sanctions due to the attack at the vessels of Ukraine’s Navy in Kerch Strait and their detention, as Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the UK, said delivering a speech in the House of Commons.

“We have always been in the forefront of the EU member states initiating to tighten anti-Russian sanctions due to its behavior. This is a part of Russia’s behavior pattern. They have to release these ships and sailors, to de-escalate the situation,” the British Prime Minister said.

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Theresa May claimed the same call at the G20 Summit in Argentina. She stressed that Russia had to release captured sailors and vessels, and to facilitate the de-escalation of the situation in Azov Sea and Kerch Strait.  

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.    

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine.   

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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