Contents tagged with Kerch Strait

  • Germany considers closing its ports to Russian ships after incident in Kerch Strait

    Following the incident in the Kerch Strait, German authorities are considering new restrictions for Russia if it doesn’t release detained Ukrainian ships and their crew members.

    Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a German politician who has served as General Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) suggested closing Germany’s ports to Russian ships which are sailing from the Sea of Azov. She said that all EU countries and the USA should consider this measure as a reprisal to …

  • Ukraine asks international partners to ban Russian ships from entering certain ports

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, speaking on the Ukrainian TV, announced that Ukraine and its international partners are discussing the possibility of prohibiting Russian vessels from entering some ports.

    “One of the ideas we are talking about is not to allow Russian ships that go from the Azov or the Black Sea into some ports, or not to let in all the ships, as well as limit all the possible contacts in principle,” said Klimkin.

    He noted that Ukraine and its international partners …

  • European Court of Human Rights demands that Russia explain why it detained Ukrainian sailors

    The press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice reported that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has requested  that Russia provide information regarding the 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured on November 25 when Russian border patrol ships attacked and seized two Ukrainian Navy vessels and a tugboat in the Kerch Strait.

    One of the court’s main requirements is for Russia to explain why Ukrainian soldiers were detained in the territorial waters of the Crimea and on what legal …

  • Newly elected president of Georgia: this is not the time to be friends with Russia

    The newly elected president of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili stated that she had never talked about cooperation with Russia, reported BBC.

    “This is not a balance. I know that it was mistakenly said about me that I want balance… this is also fake news because I never talked about cooperation with Russia” she said.

    According to her, in the near future Georgia would not be able to move to cooperation with Russia.

    “I think that as long as Russia behaves like this on the occupation line, where …

  • Merkel says sanctions against Russia are necessary

    Germany does not intend to soften sanctions against Russia even though German businesses would like to see the relations with Russia improve, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin on Thursday.

    Although the German business circles often call for softening the sanctions, “this is about principles”, Merkel said.

     “There are a number of states around Russia that were not able to develop as they would like to. We cannot shut our eyes to this. We can explain something with sanctions,” she …

  • Kerch crisis: Visegrad Four support Ukraine

    The foreign ministers of the countries comprising the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, have expressed their support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine by condemning the situation surrounding the Kerch crisis, Radio Liberty reports.

    According to the Slovak Foreign Ministry, during the discussion of the problem, “the strong support of all four ministers of the four countries was voiced for the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the dispute …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine will ask to close Bosphorus Strait for Russia

    The commander of the Naval Forces Ukraine Armed Forces, Ihor Voronchenko, stated that Ukraine intends to ask for the closure of the Bosphorus Strait for the passage of Russian ships after the Russian attack on the Ukrainian military vessels in the Kerch Strait area.

    "I am sure that the international community will nevertheless make a decision and acknowledge that there was an act of aggression against the Ukrainian state. Due to this, and according to the norms of the Montreux Convention, …

  • Kremlin: Putin is ready for new contacts with Trump

    The Kremlin regrets the decision of the US administration to cancel the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit, the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov told reporters, TASS reported.

    “We regret the decision of the US administration to cancel the meeting between the two presidents to be held in Buenos Aires,” he said. Peskov said that this situation postponed the discussion of serious international and bilateral issues “ …

  • Ukrainian President calls on NATO to send military ships to Sea of Azov

    In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance to send military ships to the Sea of Azov, after an attack by Russia on Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait.

    The Ukrainian President emphasized that the presence of NATO ships is necessary to guarantee safety in the Sea of Azov.

    “Germany is one of our closest allies, and we hope that NATO states are prepared to send ships to the Sea of Azov in order to …

  • Putin calls the seizure of Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait a 'small incident'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of the armed clash near the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, Interfax reported.

    “As for the incident in the Black Sea, this was indeed a provocation organized by the current [Ukrainian] government, including the current president ahead of the presidential elections which will be held in Ukraine next March,” Putin said at the "Russia Calling!" investment forum.

     “A small incident in the Black Sea and martial law was introduced. It is obviously …