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Ukraine asks NATO to send ships to back it in conflict with Russia

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Published on November 30, 2018 with No Comments

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked NATO members including Germany  to send naval vessels to the Sea of Azov to back his country in the standoff with Russia. “Germany is one of our closest allies, and we hope that states within NATO are now ready to relocate naval ships to the Sea of Azov in order to assist Ukraine and provide security,” he is reported to have said. President Vladimir Putin insisted  that Russian forces were right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend. But Poroshenko charged that Putin ” Wants nothing less than to occupy the sea. The only language he understands is the unity of the Western world. We cannot accept this aggressive policy of Russia. First it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov.  Germany, too, has to ask itself: What will Putin do next if we do not stop him?” he added. Kiev accused Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, of launching “a new phase of aggression”. Earlier, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg had demanded Russia free the Ukrainian ships and sailors, warning Moscow that “its actions have consequences”.



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