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Russia refuses to hold Skype meeting of Trilateral Contact Group on Azov crisis, - official

It is Russia's second refusal in a row to come to the negotiating table and answer the questions about aggression
13:26, 29 November 2018

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Russia refused to discuss the escalation in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait via Skype in the format of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) as Iryna Gerashchenko, the First Vice Speaker of the parliament and representative of Ukraine at Minsk Talks, reported on Facebook.

“The Ukrainian side, along with the OSCE, has initiated the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group via  Skype to discuss the blatant fact of the Russian aggression against territorial integrity of Ukraine in the Sea of Azov and Kerch waters and immediate release of the Ukrainian captured sailors and return of illegally seized vessels to Ukraine, unblocking of the navigation for the Ukrainian and foreign vessels in Azov, de-escalation of the tension created by the aggressive and provocative actions of the Russian Federation,” Gerashchenko reported.

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The Russian side refused from such a meeting.

“It is Russia's second refusal in a row to come to the negotiating table and answer the questions about aggression,” she specified.

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“Ukraine insists on the discussion of the provocation and aggression against Ukraine held by Russia at the OSCE Permanent Council with the presence of TCG representative, envoy Martin Sajdik and OSCE SMM Chairman Apakan,” she noted.

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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Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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On November 27-28, Kyiv District Court of Simferopol arrested all Ukrainian sailors until January 25, 2019, who were detained by Russian border officers.

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