France and Germany opposed tougher sanctions against Russia, write media

© AFP 2018 / Barbara Akhlaghi Russia, Germany and the European Union. Archival photoFrance and Germany opposed tougher sanctions against Russia, write media© AFP 2018 / Barbara Sax

Germany and France oppose the tightening of existing sanctions against Russia on the background of the incident in the Kerch Strait, reported in Wednesday’s edition of the Welt, citing diplomatic sources in the European Union.

As reports the edition, on Tuesday at a secret meeting of the Committee on politics and security in Brussels, diplomats from both countries said that now it is important to take «measures to build confidence». According to sources in the EU, the sanctions don’t apply to them.

Instead, according to the newspaper, the governments of Germany and France want «to continue their diplomatic efforts» in considering the role of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which it can play to resolve the situation in the Kerch Strait.

On Sunday, three ships of naval forces of Ukraine «Berdyansk», «Nikopol» and «Yana Kapu» — violated the state border of Russia, included in the temporarily closed waters of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation and moved from the Black sea to Kerch Strait. They maneuvered in a dangerous manner, did not obey the lawful demands of the Russian authorities. The Ukrainian ship with 24 sailors were arrested, three Ukrainian military were wounded, they are hospitalized and receive medical care, seafarers ‘ lives are not threatened. After the incident concerning them criminal case on illegal crossing of the state border.

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the situation in the Kerch Strait unambiguous provocation, according to him, Kiev has violated key provisions of international law. He noted that the actions of the Ukrainian Navy was a very dangerous and pose a threat to vessel traffic.

The Russian side during the incident in the Kerch Strait has acted in accordance with international and domestic law, it was a reaction to the invasion in the territorial waters of Russia foreign warships, said in turn, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

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