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Washington and its Western partners consider a number of serious measures to exert pressure on Russia and prevent “unilateral control” in the General waters of the Azov sea. This was stated in an interview with “Voice of America” special representative of the USA in Ukraine Kurt Volker.
According to him, one of the proposals was to ban Russian ships coming from Crimea or sea of Azov, to go to European ports. The diplomat said that the proposal was made by the Secretary General of the ruling party of Germany Christian democratic Union Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, which may become a successor to Angela Merkel as head of the CDU. “This is a very strong and very original step. Let’s see whether they will go for it,” said Walker.
In addition, the “nuclear option” is the proposal to disconnect Russian banks from the international banking network SWIFT. The special representative of the United States noted that this will lead to costs for all participants, but this option is still worth considering.
Walker added that Washington wants such measures to pressure “to come to such a time when Russia wishes to negotiate for a solution” because of what happened in the Kerch Strait. In this regard, he demanded demanded from Moscow to release captured Ukrainian sailors before Christmas or New year.
The US and its allies on 6 December held an unscheduled flight over Ukraine. It was noted that this is done to reaffirm the commitments of Washington to Kiev.
Earlier it was reported that the United States began to prepare to send a warship to support Ukraine in the Kerch Strait.
November 25, 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 has canceled a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the summit of “Big twenty”.
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