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Germany: Berlin calls for de-escalation after Kerch Strait incident03:16

Germany: Berlin calls for de-escalation after Kerch Strait incident

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November 26, 2018 at 16:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert urged Russia to release Ukrainian sailors and the vessels detained in the Kerch Strait, while speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Monday.

"For the federal government there are several serious questions, especially in sight of military violence by Russian forces, for which, based on the facts known to us so far, there is no evident justification," Seibert said. "We appeal to Russia to release the ships and to release the detained seamen."

He also stressed that the German government is "in touch with both sides" of the stand-off, trying to defuse the situation.

Russia's Coast Guard detained three Ukrainian vessels after they breached Russia's Black Sea waters on Sunday.

According to Ukrainian authorities, their vessels had a right to pass freely over the Kerch Strait based on international law.

Germany: Berlin calls for de-escalation after Kerch Strait incident03:16
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German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert urged Russia to release Ukrainian sailors and the vessels detained in the Kerch Strait, while speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Monday.

"For the federal government there are several serious questions, especially in sight of military violence by Russian forces, for which, based on the facts known to us so far, there is no evident justification," Seibert said. "We appeal to Russia to release the ships and to release the detained seamen."

He also stressed that the German government is "in touch with both sides" of the stand-off, trying to defuse the situation.

Russia's Coast Guard detained three Ukrainian vessels after they breached Russia's Black Sea waters on Sunday.

According to Ukrainian authorities, their vessels had a right to pass freely over the Kerch Strait based on international law.

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