The Us assistant Secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia Wes Mitchell at a meeting of the OSCE Council of foreign Ministers in Milan accused Russia of aggression during the incident in the Kerch Strait, as well as “the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe”, which occurs in the South-East of Ukraine.
“On November 25, we saw another manifestation of escalation when Russian ships piled on Ukrainian ships. Russia’s aggression contradicts all ten principles of the Helsinki act-a document to which Russia declares its commitment, “RIA Novosti quotes his statement.
The diplomat said that “destabilizing actions” of Russia forced NATO to intensify its position on deterrence and defense.
Mitchell urged Russia to release Ukrainian sailors and ships, return control over Crimea to Ukraine and stop “chasing unarmed observers” of the OSCE Special monitoring mission in Donbass. In this case what kind of harassment was going on, he not explained.
On November 25, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy invaded the territorial waters of Russia, ignoring the demands of the FSB border service to stop. For their detention, Russian border guards had to use weapons, in the result three Ukrainian soldiers were slightly injured.
On November 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a provocation of Kiev before the presidential elections in Ukraine. The head of state stressed that Russian border guards fulfilled their duty to protect the state border.