U.S. President Donald Trump forbade to publish the statement on the incident in Kerch Strait as National Public Radio reported citing Christopher Anderson, the former deputy to ex-Special Representative Kurt Volker.
Anderson noted that Trump banned any statements toward the incident in Kerch Strait.
“While my colleagues at the State Department quickly prepared a statement condemning Russia for its escalation. (…) I did send a message to Ambassador that evening that the President had put an embargo on any statements (on Kerch Strait incident, - 112.international), - Anderson said.
According to him, the U.S. government wanted to get more information about the incident. The statement was issued but the next day.
On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.
As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.
On May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea oblig, which were captured in Kerch Strait, November 2018 and provide their return to Ukraine.
24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd.