Russian Foreign Ministry Declares Protest Over Kerch Strait Incident

© Sputnik / Alexey Malgavko / Go to the photo bankThe detained Ukrainian ships are delivered to the port of Kerch
The detained Ukrainian ships are delivered to the port of Kerch - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Foreign Ministry is declaring a resolute protest over the recent violation of the rules of innocent passage in the Black Sea by Ukrainian Navy ships, the ministry said in a statement.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry is declaring resolute protest over Ukrainian Naval Forces' ships' violation of rules of innocent passage in the Russian territorial waters of the Black Sea. The Russian side has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the developing situation," the statement read.

Russia will suppress "harshly" any offence against its sovereignty and security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We would like to warn the Ukrainian side that its policy, coordinated with the United States and the European Union and designed at provoking conflict with Russia, is fraught with serious consequences," the statement read.

"The Russian Federation will suppress harshly any attack on its sovereignty and security," the ministry went on to say.

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Several Ukrainian warships crossing Russia’s territorial waters and attempting to pass through the Kerch Strait. - Sputnik International
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The statement comes after the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said that three ships of the Ukrainian Navy in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, crossed the Russian sea border, entered the temporarily closed area of the Russian territorial waters, and were moving from the Black Sea toward the Kerch Strait.

The Ukrainian ships did not react to legal demands of the ships accompanying them and made dangerous manoeuvres and were detained after violating the Russian state border, according to the FSB.

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