The European Union urges Ukraine and Russia to de-escalate the tension in the Kerch Strait.
The EU expects that Russia will restore free passage through the Kerch Strait and contribute to the immediate relief, - Kocijancic
This was reported in the statement of the representative of the European external action service maja Kocijancic, reports mediaUA.
Read the " mediaUA": NATO monitors the situation in the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait, the statement
"Tensions around the sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait today has increased significantly in light of this morning's incident between a Russian and Ukrainian naval vessels when the latter tried to pass through the Kerch Strait, as well as subsequent events, including the closure by the Russian authorities of the Straits to traffic and reports of the seizure and the shelling of the Ukrainian courts. We expect that Russia will restore free passage through the Kerch Strait and will encourage everyone to act with utmost restraint, to immediately take the pressure off the situation", - the document says.
Recall, the naval forces of Ukraine on 25 November reported that the edge ships of the Russian Federation has carried out aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships who have made a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol of the Azov sea. In particular, the Russian boundary ship "the don" made a battering RAM of the Ukrainian Harbor tugs, which had damaged the main engine of the ship, the trim and railing, as well as lost on that raft.
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While Navy APU emphasize that the intention to migrate was warned in advance and had acted within international law.
At the same time at the FSB, said that three Ukrainian warships in the sea of Azov "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to the Kerch Strait".
The Ukrainian Navy has published legal commentary, pointing out that in accordance with articles 17, 38 of the UN Convention on the law of the sea and article 2 of the Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in using the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait, military ships of Ukraine enjoy freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait and sea of Azov, and this means that they can make a passage across the Kerch Strait at any time, subject to safety of navigation.
Later, the Ukrainian Navy said that boats captured by the FSB, six Ukrainian servicemen got wounds.
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