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The foreign Ministers of the countries “Big seven” (G7) issued a joint statement on the situation in the Kerch Strait. The document is available on the website of the government of Canada Friday, November 30.
In it the foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, and the EU high representative expressed deep concern about Russia’s actions are “dangerously increased tensions”. The G7 countries urged to exercise restraint and respect for international law, and also pointed to the need to prevent the escalation of the situation.
The Ministers urged Moscow to release the detained Ukrainian sailors and Kiev back to the ships. “There is no justification for the use of military force by Russia against Ukrainian ships and sailors”, they added.
Earlier, the U.S. Senate unanimously accused Moscow of aggression against Ukraine.
The incident in the Kerch Strait took place on 25 November. The border service of FSB of Russia have detained three Ukrainian warships, which without warning had violated the sea border and was performing dangerous maneuvers in Russian waters. 24 sailors were sent into custody.
In response, Ukraine imposed martial law, and the President of the United States Donald trump canceled his meeting with Vladimir Putin, scheduled on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, 30 November — 1 December.
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