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Germany: DefMin von der Leyen calls on Russia, Ukraine to de-escalate Kerch Strait incident 02:28

Germany: DefMin von der Leyen calls on Russia, Ukraine to de-escalate Kerch Strait incident

Germany, Berlin
November 27, 2018 at 18:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen commented on the Krech Strait incident by demanding Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the situation, during an interview at the Foreign Policy Forum in Berlin on Tuesday.

"It's a situation that has to cause worries with us. It depends very, very much on all forces to appeal to both opponents in a moderate way and both are required to show how they can act de-escalating," von der Leyen said.

Von der Leyen stressed "common international rules" including "to keep the waterways free, to release the ships and seamen."

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. The Ukrainian parliament has since approved President Petro Poroshenko's request to introduce martial law in the border regions of the country for 30 days, starting from November 28.

Germany: DefMin von der Leyen calls on Russia, Ukraine to de-escalate Kerch Strait incident 02:28
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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen commented on the Krech Strait incident by demanding Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the situation, during an interview at the Foreign Policy Forum in Berlin on Tuesday.

"It's a situation that has to cause worries with us. It depends very, very much on all forces to appeal to both opponents in a moderate way and both are required to show how they can act de-escalating," von der Leyen said.

Von der Leyen stressed "common international rules" including "to keep the waterways free, to release the ships and seamen."

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. The Ukrainian parliament has since approved President Petro Poroshenko's request to introduce martial law in the border regions of the country for 30 days, starting from November 28.

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