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Poroshenko, Pompeo coordinate steps to counteract Russian aggression

The President of Ukraine had a phone conversation with U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo
08:46, 27 November 2018

Presidential Administration press office

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo. They have discussed the steps for the further counterwork of Russian aggression in Kerch Strait area, as the President’s Administration reported.

“The interlocutors coordinated steps to further counteract Russian aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait,” the message reads.

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

Poroshenko informed the American side “of the act of armed aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait committed by Russia, as well as the relevant steps of the Ukrainian side, in particular, the introduction of the martial law regime.”

The President noted that Russia’s unlawful actions are “unacceptable and should receive the most severe reaction of the international community, including the strengthening of sanctions against the Russian Federation.”

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

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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