'A truly independent and authoritative European mediation would be very important in situations like this, but to date, there is no real common European Union foreign policy, based on values and interests that are truly shared by all member states. It is a shame', Borghezio said.
According to Borghezio, NATO member states should be more prudent about the developments in the Sea of Azov and exert decisive pressure in order to de-escalate tensions in the region.
Vladimir Putin said earlier on Wednesday that the Kerch Strait incident appeared to have been a provocation prepared in advance as well as a pretext to introduce martial law in Ukraine.
On Sunday, Ukraine's Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats and the Yany Kapu tugboat crossed the Russian maritime border. According to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the vessels sailed toward the Kerch Strait, an entrance to the Sea of Azov, and were seized by Russia after failing to respond to a demand to stop.
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