Ukrainian President accused Russia of blockade of the Sea of Azov
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on the EU and the US to ban Russian ships from entering European and American ports.
In an interview with Fox News, he said that this should be the response to Russia’s actions in the Black and Azov Seas, which he called "aggression". According to Poroshenko, Russia continues to block the Sea of Azov, including for ships from the European Union.
The President of Ukraine again called on NATO to send ships to the Black Sea, and the Western countries to introduce a new, "Azov" package of sanctions against Moscow.
The President of Ukraine called "decisive" the West’s response to the seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea by Russia on November 25 and the arrest of sailors, however, said that he expects not words, but actions.
Earlier on Saturday, representatives of the Russian FSB said that Ukrainian warships violated the rules for the passage of the Kerch Strait. Their detention was explained, among other things, by the fear that they were attacking the Kerch bridge. The FSB also refused to consider the arrested Ukrainian sailors prisoners of war, pointing out that there was no state of war between Russia and Ukraine. Russian officials also rejected accusations of blockade of Ukrainian ports.
Western countries earlier called on Moscow to release 24 arrested sailors and return ships to Ukraine. The new leader of the German CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said that she does not rule out a ban on Russian ships from the Sea of Azov to enter European ports. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, however, made it clear that at the moment Berlin does not support the expansion of sanctions against Russia, fearing that this step will lead to an even greater escalation of the conflict..
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