"The provocation on the border has once again confirmed that Poroshenko intends to build his election campaign solely on fomenting imaginary threats in the absence of a coherent election programme. Following the introduction of martial law with partial restriction of the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, the abolition of presidential elections is possible under the pretext of protecting Ukraine," Patrushev said in an interview with the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.
The Ukrainian Navy has become a bargaining chip in the political game of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is seeking to increase the chances of remaining in power, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev continued.
"Ukrainian naval officers have become a bargaining chip in the political game of President Poroshenko and his associates, who are ready to resort to any crimes in pursuit of increasing their own chances of remaining in power. And, as is known, under current conditions they [chances] are small," Patrushev said in an interview with the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.
Ukrainian Ships Illegally Crossing Border Violate Maritime Law
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has said that the illegal crossing of the Russian border by Ukrainian ships is a gross violation of international maritime law and a planned provocation.
"The illegal crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation by Ukrainian ships is certainly a gross violation of international maritime law, it looks like a planned provocation," Patrushev said in an interview with the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.
The official noted that Kiev's actions had become a constant source of threats.
"In short, Kiev’s actions have become a constant source of threats, and the Sunday incident at sea is yet another line in the list of crimes committed by the Ukrainian authorities," Patrushev said.
In response to the situation in the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian authorities decided on 26 November to introduce martial law in select regions of Ukraine along the border with Russia as well as along the coast of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov for 30 days.