Seibert reminded that the introduction of new sanctions against the Kremlin is only possible with the approval by all EU countries
Germany still undecided in the introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions. This was stated by the representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Germany, reports “German wave”.
He called the debate on the introduction of new restrictions “somewhat hasty” and noted that “sanctions are not a water tap, which opens and closes as needed”.
Press Secretary of the Federal government Steffen Seibert reminded that the introduction of new sanctions against the Kremlin is only possible with the approval of all European Union countries.
Seibert said that the German government has rejected the appeal of the Ukrainian Ambassador Andrew Miller to step up pressure on Russia and to send German warships in the Black sea. According to the representative of the government, sending German ships to the coast of the Crimea is not planned, because Germany is seeking from the parties to the conflict “restraint and reduce escalation”.
The press Secretary urged Russia to release Ukrainian sailors return to Ukraine of the captured ships and noted that from the German point of view, there is no justification for the use of military force in this case.
He added that Germany supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, as well as the rights of navigation in the Kerch Strait.
On 25 November Russian fired and captured in the Black sea boats of the Ukrainian Navy “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol” and the tug “Kapu Yana” who were going to pass through the Kerch Strait in the Azov sea. Of the 24 captured Ukrainians and three others injured.
FSB opened a criminal case against the Ukrainian military, a criminal case under part 3 of article 322 (illegal crossing of the state border) of the Criminal code of the Russian Federation. The 27th and 28th of November “courts” in Kerch and in Simferopol took the decision to detain all Ukrainian sailors.
The military Prosecutor of the southern region of Ukraine reported on suspicion of eight soldiers of the Russian Federation involved in the capture of the Ukrainian ship, they impute article of the Criminal code, “the planning, preparation, initiation and waging aggressive war” and “attempted murder”.
The United States condemned Russia’s actions, calling them a manifestation of aggression, the European Union expressed concern about the use of force by Russia. Statements demanding the release of Ukrainian sailors were also published, NATO and the OSCE.
In connection with the aggravation of the situation near the Kerch Strait on November 26, the Verkhovna Rada supported the decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the introduction of martial law in 10 areas in 30 days. Poroshenko signed a law on November 28.
November 28, Putin said that the conflict in the Black sea was a provocation of the Ukrainian authorities aimed at the complication of the electoral process in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called that statement untrue. According to the Ukrainian leader, Putin staged a provocation in the Black sea, to prevent getting the Tomos of autocephaly for the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.