The United States urged Europe to take tougher sanctions against Russia

European countries should do more to support Ukraine, state Department spokesman Heather Neuert said on Tuesday, November 27. According to her, many States “have imposed sanctions against Russia for its actions in Crimea, Ukraine”, but not all of the measures are being implemented.

In addition, the representative of the state Department urged Europe to reconsider its position on the “Nord stream — 2”. The gas pipeline, which is being built by a number of Russian and European companies, should be laid along the Baltic Sea in parallel with the existing “Nord stream”. The works are planned to be completed in 2019.

NATO condemned Russia’s actions

Naval forces of Ukraine on November 25 reported about capture by the Russian special troops of two Ukrainian boats and a tug on the approach to the Kerch Strait and wound of the Ukrainian military. According to the FSB of Russia, the ships Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yana Kapu, which followed from Odessa to Mariupol, were detained because they “crossed the state border of the Russian Federation” and “illegally entered the temporarily closed water area of the territorial sea” of Russia.

In 2014, Russia annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula and considers Crimea its territory. Kiev and most countries of the world do not recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territory. According to international experts, Ukraine has an unlimited right to transit through the Kerch Strait. NATO condemned Russia’s actions, and the USA, the EU, Germany and France expressed their concern about the incident in the Strait.