The Russian foreign Ministry responded to a joint statement by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which they demanded to ensure the smooth passage of ships through the Kerch Strait and release the detained Ukrainian sailors . Such statements, according to the diplomatic office, are “unacceptable”.
“We would like to recall the futility of attempts to question the legal status of Crimea and Sevastopol as subjects of the Russian Federation, which made their conscious choice as a result of free will in accordance with international law,” the Ministry stressed. Moscow” will continue to firmly defend its sovereignty and prevent attempts of any provocations, ” the foreign Ministry added.
“Instead of trying to “teach “Moscow, Western partners in the ” Normandy format “in the Russian foreign Ministry called “to pay attention to the striking facts of gross violations of human rights by Kiev.” As an example of such actions, the detention by the Ukrainian authorities of the fishing seiner “Nord”, the arrest of journalist Kirill Vyshinsky and the absence of “guilty of provocative executions of people on the Maidan in February 2014, < … > in the house of trade unions in Odessa on May 2, 2014 and in Mariupol in May 2014”.
In this regard, the Western partners in the foreign Ministry were once again advised to “abandon Frank “double standards” and pay attention to the real problems and threats that their “Kiev wards” of European security and stability pose create.”
Speaking about the situation in the Kerch Strait, the Ministry noted that “the Russian side continues to ensure the freedom of navigation in this region in accordance with the existing Russian-Ukrainian agreements, as well as domestic legislation and applicable international norms.”