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Germany: Merkel tells Ukraine to 'act smart' after Kerch incident03:51

Germany: Merkel tells Ukraine to 'act smart' after Kerch incident

Germany, Berlin
November 29, 2018 at 13:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will raise the issue of the Kerch Strait incident with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit, the German leader announced in Berlin, on Thursday.

Speaking at the German-Ukrainian Business Forum, Merkel stated "Since this bridge [Kerch Strait] was inaugurated in May this year, the situation for ship traffic has worsened, despite a treaty between Russia and Ukraine from 2003, which confirms that free marine traffic should be possible in this region."

Merkel continued: "I am in favour of putting the facts of what has happened on the table, that the soldiers are released, that confessions are not being achieved through blackmail, as we have now seen on TV. I am also in favour of keeping things calm, however we need to prevent cities like Mariupol, that depend on access to the sea - and you can ask the workers in the port what is happening there - from being cut off, expanding the parts of Ukraine that cannot be accessed freely."

"I will raise this issue in this sense with the Russian President during the G20 Summit. We will take care of that. However I want to ask the Ukrainian side to act smart, as we know we can only find solutions through dialogue because there is no military solution for all these conflicts," she added.

Germany: Merkel tells Ukraine to 'act smart' after Kerch incident03:51
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will raise the issue of the Kerch Strait incident with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit, the German leader announced in Berlin, on Thursday.

Speaking at the German-Ukrainian Business Forum, Merkel stated "Since this bridge [Kerch Strait] was inaugurated in May this year, the situation for ship traffic has worsened, despite a treaty between Russia and Ukraine from 2003, which confirms that free marine traffic should be possible in this region."

Merkel continued: "I am in favour of putting the facts of what has happened on the table, that the soldiers are released, that confessions are not being achieved through blackmail, as we have now seen on TV. I am also in favour of keeping things calm, however we need to prevent cities like Mariupol, that depend on access to the sea - and you can ask the workers in the port what is happening there - from being cut off, expanding the parts of Ukraine that cannot be accessed freely."

"I will raise this issue in this sense with the Russian President during the G20 Summit. We will take care of that. However I want to ask the Ukrainian side to act smart, as we know we can only find solutions through dialogue because there is no military solution for all these conflicts," she added.

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