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Merkel says she would do everything to de-escalate situation in Azov Sea

Ukraine and Germany coordinated the actions on the preparation for the European Council session, which is to be held in Brussels in December
19:03, 26 November 2018

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During a phone conversation of the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed concern about the escalation of Russian armed aggression and stated that she would do everything for de-escalation, as Svyatoslav Tseholko, the Spokesperson of the Head of the State, said.

“Petro Poroshenko informed about a severe aggression act of Russian against Ukraine in Kerch Strait and Ukraine’s reaction, including the imposition of martial law. Angela Merkel expressed concern about the escalation of the Russian armed aggression and informed that she would do everything for de-escalation,” Tseholko wrote.

Related: UN Security Council discusses Russian aggression against Ukraine in Sea of Azov

According to him, during the conversation, Poroshenko also stated that Russia’s aggressive actions were unacceptable and urged the international community to enhance pressure on Russia for the immediate release of the Ukrainian sailors and ships.

“The interlocutors coordinated the actions on the preparation for the European Council session, which is to be held in Brussels in December. Besides, they have reached an agreement to prolong the Ukrainian-German consultations to solve the situation,” Tseholko added.

Related: Poroshenko announces introduction of martial law from November 28 in Ukraine

Earlier today, Poroshenko had some phone conversations with the EU member states leaders. The main topic is the current situation in the Sea of Azov due to the Russian aggression and seizure of the Ukrainian ships along with the crew.

Related: Putin does not plan to negotiate with Poroshenko on Azov crisis, - Kremlin

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