President of Russia Volodymyr Putin and his American colleague Donald Trump will discuss the issue of Ukrainian sailors at the meeting in June, as the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker stated in his speech in Washington.
“In December last year, the meeting of Putin and Trump was planned to be held in Argentina. It was cancelled, as a week before that Russia attacked Ukraine’s fleet, captured vessels and sailors and moved them to its territory. The meeting was cancelled. I think it was right,” Volker noted.
He stressed that the U.S. insists on the release of sailors.
“Russia’s actions do not comply with the international law, they have no grounds to continue keeping the sailors,” he said.
According to Volker, this question remains on the agenda of the relationships between the U.S. and Russia, and it will be discussed at the scheduled meeting in June.
As it was reported, on May 25, the International Maritime Tribunal demanded that Russia immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships and ensure their return to Ukraine. Ukraine is counting on Russia’s immediate implementation of the decision.
Earlier, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yany 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.