Ukrainian politician suggests sending British warship through the Kerch Strait to see Russia’s reaction

Speaking on the Ukrainian Pryamyi TV Channel, Yuriy Hrymchak, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, suggested that Britain should send the British ship HMS Echo, which recently visited in Odessa, to the Kerch Strait together with the Ukrainian vessels. 

While speaking about the attack of Russians on the Ukrainian ships, Hrymchak said that the British ship should try to go through the Kerch Strait. 

“When people say that Russia will allow the British ship to pass, my only remark is – has anybody tried it?” the Deputy Minister asked. 

Hrymchak said that the HMS Echo is not bound by the Montreux Convention, according to which the displacement of the passing military vessels from non-Black Sea states must not exceed 30 thousand tons, and their period of stay is limited to 21 days. 

“And it would be interesting to see how they [Russians] will react if this ship sails in a group formation,” the deputy minister said. 

On December 19, Secretary of the Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that Ukrainian warships will continue attempts to pass from the Black Sea to ports in the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait.


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