The European Commission urged Russia to ensure passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait

© RIA Novosti / the border guard of FSB of the Republic to Crimerate in fotobanka ship of naval forces of Ukraine violated the state border of the Russian Federation. Archival photoThe European Commission urged Russia to ensure passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait© RIA Novosti / the border guard of FSB of the Republic to Criminate the image Bank

The European Commission calls on Russia to ensure free passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait and to release detained the Ukrainian Navy ships and their crews, said Wednesday the Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board of the European Union Valdis Dombrovskis.

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.

«This development is unacceptable. We expect Russia to the prompt release of ships and crews, as well as providing military personnel required medical assistance. International law obliges Russia to provide unhindered and safe passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait. Therefore we expect from Russia the restoration of navigation», — Dombrovskis told reporters in Brussels.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the incident in the Kerch Strait, said that in September this year, the caravan of military ships of Ukraine has passed under the bridge Kerch in the Azov sea, but «they have fully performed the agreements and requirements, reported in what part of go, who goes where he goes, we gave them a pilot and quietly spent at the destination in the sea of Azov». But in the current situation, the Ukrainian Navy ships entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, did not respond to the requests of the Russian border guards and the offer to take the pilot, Putin said. Thus, Russian border guards performed their duties for the protection of the state border, he said.

According to Dombrovskis, head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini is in contact with the international players with the aim of developing «a broad international response» in connection with the actions of the Russian Federation. The EU does not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia, and condemns «Russian aggression», said the Vice-President of the European Commission

The European Commission urged Russia to ensure passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait© Vitaly Policytool war

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