Poroshenko suggested that the West block «and the stream — 2»

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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko invited the Western countries to block the project «Northern stream — 2», to strengthen the NATO presence in the Black sea and to impose new sanctions against Russia after the incident in the Kerch Strait.

According to him, the West needs to take specific steps. «Lock the project «Northern stream — 2″, to strengthen the NATO presence in the Black sea, to impose new sanctions against those responsible for the crisis in the sea of Azov, to prevent Russian ships to enter the ports to support Ukraine in political, economic and military spheres,» the President said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, a part of which is posted on the website of the President.

The project «Northern stream — 2» involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against the project actively support Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian gas, and a number of European countries, including Poland, Latvia and Lithuania and also the USA, the EU promotes its liquefied natural gas. They called the project the political and threatening Europe’s energy security. The Russian side has repeatedly stated that the project «Northern stream — 2» is a completely commercial, competitive, and pointed out that it does not involve the termination of Russian gas transit through Ukraine to the EU.

Germany, the largest EU economy, supports «Nord stream — 2». Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas after the incident in the Kerch Strait, said that «Nord stream — 2» — commercial project and no country will benefit if the German or other European companies will refuse to participate in it.

Three ships of the Navy of Ukraine «Berdyansk», «Nikopol» and «Yana Kapu» November 25 — 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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident in the Kerch Strait provocation, noting that among the crew members of Ukrainian vessels violating border of the Russian Federation, were two employees of the security service of Ukraine, who actually led the operation. Meanwhile, Putin stressed that Russian border guards had performed their functions for the protection of the state border. According to him, the provocation in the Black sea tied to a low rating of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko before the elections.

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