28 November 2018, 19:07

Give up on Nord Stream-2: Reaction of West to the capture of Ukrainian sailors

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The international community calls on Russia to release the detained Ukrainian sailors and stop blocking ships in the Sea of ​​Azov.

Thus,the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said that Russia should not impede the free movement of ships of any country in the Sea of ​​Azov.

“On November 25, Ukrainian warships and other vesselsattempted to pass to Mariupol through the Kerch Strait, but Russian shipsprevented them. They fired on ships and captured 23 sailors, some of them were wounded.This is a serious escalation in the region, due to which Ukraine imposedmartial law for 30 days. And I would like to express support and recall that the territorial integrity of Ukraine is a fundamental value.”

Tajani went on saying that the European Parliament is closely monitoring the aggravation in the Sea of​​ Azov.

In turn, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Czech Senate unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Russia’s aggressive actionsagainst Ukraine in the Kerch Strait and supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine, according to the Ambassador of Ukraine in the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis.

MPs called for the immediate release of Ukrainian sailors and ships.

On November 26, in connection with the escalation of the situation in the Sea of ​​Azov, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov called on Moscow to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors.

He noted on his Facebook page that resolving the situation through dialogue is in the interests of all sides.

С тревога следя напрежението между военноморските сили на Украйна и на Руската федерация в Азовско море. Винаги съм…

Опубліковано Boyko Borissov Понеділок, 26 листопад 2018 р.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemned the aggressive actions of Russia. In a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, the Turkish leader promised to raise the Ukrainian issue in Buenos Aires at the G20 summit.

And the official representative of the US State Department, Heather Nauert, called on Europe to tighten sanctions against Russia.

Accordingto her, European countries should strengthen support for Ukraine and reconsider their position on the Nord Stream – 2.

 

“I think that’s a question European countries have to ask themselves: Is Nord Stream 2 something that they want to continue with, because it helps the Russian government, and is that the kind of support that they want to provide the Russian government with, continuing to back Nord Stream 2 at this time?”

  

She noted that many states have imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the annexation of the Crimea and actions in the east of Ukraine, but not all of these measures are being implemented.

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