At a press conference on 20 December, Russian President Putin answered a question about a possible release of the Ukrainian seamen. About this, the aggressor will only be seen after the “trial” of Ukrainians.
Putin confirmed that he had discussed the issue of liberation of Ukrainians Viktor Medvedchuk, says the League.
Regarding exchange, we were doing. Here Mr. Medvedchuk on behalf of Poroshenko, by the way, constantly engaged in it and recently came to Moscow and raised the issue of release of Ukrainian military arrested in the Kerch Strait, precisely in the Black sea
— Vladimir Putin,
the President of the Russian Federation
However, Putin stressed that “these questions can be solved after the completion of the criminal case”.
We will remind, on November 25, two artillery boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”, as well as inshore tug “Yana Kapu” carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to Mariupol. On the Russian side was informed in advance, in accordance with international standards to ensure the safety of navigation.
However, near the Azov sea, border boats of the Russian Federation at first has rammed “Yana Kapu” and blocked the tanker traffic through the Strait of Kerch, and later of the FSB special forces attacked and captured ships along with their crews.
The results of the meeting of the war Cabinet, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law of the President of Petro Poroshenko on the introduction of martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine, and internal waters in the sea of Azov for 30 days until December 26, 2018.
Ukraine has also closed the entrance for men with Russian citizenship aged 16 to 60 years. President Petro Poroshenko noted that these measures should prevent Russia to form groups of private armies on Ukrainian territory.
Was later published evidence of Russia’s violations of the law of the sea, and President Poroshenko expressed hope that the countries-members of NATO “is ready to move Navy ships to the Azov sea, in order to help Ukraine”.
The actions of Russia in the Kerch Strait has condemned Western countries. The U.S. President has canceled a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the summit of the Big twenty (G20), and the fraction of Angela Merkel in the Bundestag has exposed the true purpose of provocations of the Russian Federation in the Black sea, and acknowledged the pipeline “Nord stream-2” dangerous for Ukraine and Europe.
The U.S. state Department expressed the hope that Europe will refuse from the construction of the controversial pipeline on the open aggression of Russia near the Azov sea and the Kremlin’s refusal of direct talks with Ukraine.