Tensions between Russia and Ukraine rose on November 25 after three Ukrainian naval vessels illegally entered Russian wasters east of the Crimea peninsula. Russia said it had detained two gunboats and a tugboat after they ignored warnings to stop. In response, Ukraine declared martial law in parts of its territory.
PARIS (Sputnik) - French National Rally political party condemns the European Union extending sanctions on Russia and promotes a constructive dialogue with Moscow, the party's vice president, Louis Aliot, said Wednesday.
Washington has slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and firms operating in Crimea in connection with a November incident, in which Russia seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels that violated its maritime border.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that attempts are being made to allow representatives of Germany and France to observe shipping in the Sea of Azov.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The EU must maintain its sanctions on Russia until there is progress on implementing the Minsk agreements and will decide on whether to introduce new sanctions based on the situation in the Sea of Azov, Belgian Foreign Minister Reynders said.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - EU member states currently do not have a common position regarding possible new sanctions against Russia in connection with the Kerch Strait incident, and no decisions on this issue are expected to be made at the upcoming Monday talks of EU foreign ministers, a diplomatic source told journalists in Brussels on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukrainian consuls on Thursday met with three sailors from the Ukrainian naval ships captured in Russian waters last month, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, while commenting on the naval incident that led to the detention of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, noted the attempt to breach the maritime border was a provocation prepared in advance as a pretext to introduce martial law in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US military has asked the Department of State to notify the Turkish government about its intent to sail a warship in the Black Sea, according to media reports.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his G20 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Kerch Strait incident is not a move that will help resolve the ongoing crisis since such issues need to be addressed through dialogue rather than be ignored, experts told Sputnik.
All the ships and motorboats from Ukraine's border service have been put on alert since the clash in the Kerch Strait and the introduction of martial law by Kiev, Ukrainian State Border Service Chief Petro Tsigikal told the channel UATV Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The foreign ministers of the NATO member states will gather in Brussels on 4 December for a two-day meeting to discuss the main security challenges that the alliance faces, including the situations in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States and NATO member states have been coordinating an alliance-wide response to the naval incident in the Kerch Strait between Ukraine and Russia, a US Department of State official told reporters.
SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) - All 24 Ukrainian sailors who were detained for illegally crossing the Russian maritime border in the Azov Sea have had charges brought against them by Russian investigators and now face up to six years in prison, lawyer Nikolay Polozov told Sputnik on Monday.
Last Sunday, Russia detained three Ukrainian Navy vessels and their 24 crewmembers after they violated Russia's maritime borders and were engaged in dangerous manoeuvres in and around the Kerch Strait, an entrance to the Sea of Azov.
The Kerch Strait incident took place on Sunday when three Ukrainian naval vessels, heading from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea, tried to pass through the strait without obtaining permission from Russia and thus illegally crossing the country's sea border.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on NATO to deploy its warships to the Sea of Azov to support Ukraine in the wake of the incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea last Sunday, when three Ukrainian vessels were seized by Russia after entering Russian territorial waters.
Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had discussed the possibility of mediating the crisis between Russia and Ukraine following a violation of Russia’s maritime border by Ukrainian warships.
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Berlin and Kiev have different views on the Nord Stream 2 project, but they are unanimous on the opinion that the deal should not jeopardize gas transit through Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated, adding that the European Union had mechanisms to adjust the volume of Russian gas supplied through the pipeline.
DZHANKOY, Crimea (Sputnik) - The fourth battalion of Russia's S-400 Triumph air defence missile systems has been put into active service in Crimea near the border with Ukraine, Russian Black Sea Fleet Information Department Head Alexey Rulev said.
Ukraine has imposed martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine following an incident when three Ukrainian vessels were seized by Russia in the Black Sea after breaching the Russian maritime border.
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