Putin, Merkel discuss situation in Kerch Strait

Source : 112 Ukraine

The parties also discussed the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2019
08:26, 11 December 2018

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The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation, as RIA News reported.

“The leaders have discussed the incident in Kerch Strait and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the situation in Syria,” the message says.

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It was noted that Putin and Merkel expressed “mutual interest in the prevention of escalation of the tensions in Azov and Black Sea waters.”

“The parties discussed the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2019,” the message says.

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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.   

‘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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