Special envoy of the US state Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker has demanded from the Russian Federation to release captured near the Kerch Strait Ukrainian sailors before Christmas or New year.
The diplomat explained that the United States and its Western allies to develop a package of measures to prevent new manifestations of “unilateral control” of Russia in the shared waters of the Azov sea, reports “Voice of America”.
In particular, Walker did not rule out that America’s European allies are unable to prevent Russian ships coming from Crimea or sea of Azov, to go to European ports.
Other possible sanctions, the diplomat called the probable disabling of Russian banks from the international banking network SWIFT, which is governed by the laws of Belgium and accelerates international transactions by sending payment instructions to financial institutions in different countries.
Special envoy of the US state Department on Ukraine
“People call it the “nuclear” option. This will lead to costs for all participants. Great cost to Russia, but great cost to the allies. In the end, we must keep the possibility of this option, because we cannot continue to watch as Russia makes new aggressive moves towards its neighbors, such as this”
He also noted that his actions in Ukraine, Russia wants to influence elections in this country, which will be held in March 2019.
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.
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 US President Donald trump called off his planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the summit of the Big twenty (G20), and even shook hands with his Russian counterpart in the traditional handshake.
Meanwhile, 11 Nov Iranian banks were disconnected from the SWIFT system and lost the opportunity to carry out international transactions using payment system. SWIFT said the decision was taken in order to preserve the stability of the international banking system.
Iran and the European Union are working on new financial mechanisms to create inter-Bank communication channel Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which is to replace the SWIFT and will allow you to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Tehran.