Russia committed act of aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait with the aim to influence the elections in 2019. This statement was made by the US special representative on Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with Voice of America.
“I think they’re trying to affect policy in Kyiv, to put the government in a bad light… I think that Russia is trying to influence the Ukrainian elections, as they tried to influence elections in Germany, France,” said Walker.
He noted that the imposition of martial law only in 10 regions of Ukraine and only 30 days was motivated by a desire to hold presidential elections.
With regard to the right of the courts of the Russian Federation to go to foreign ports, he noted that the decision limits have not yet adopted, although this option is considered. “The possible next leader of the CDU Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, talked about the possibility to ban Russian vessels coming from the Crimea or sea of Azov, to go to European ports. This is a very strong and original answer. Let’s see whether they develop this idea, and we will also consider,” added Walker.
In his opinion, disabling Russia from the SWIFT system – the “nuclear option,” which, however, is also not excluded.
We will remind, on November 25, two small 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 compliance with international norms for safety of navigation. However, Russia rammed a Ukrainian ship, and later shelled and captured Ukrainian military ships. Also published evidence of Russia’s violations of the law of the sea during the seizure of a Ukrainian ship.
Earlier, Walker announced new sanctions against Russia by the US and the EU. However, Germany opposed the anti-Russian sanctions from the EU.