Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Ukraine Says Russia Partially Unblocked Its Azov Sea Ports

Ukraine Says Russia Partially Unblocked Its Azov Sea Ports

The US military has asked the Department of State to notify the Turkish government about its intent to sail a warship in the Black Sea, according to media reports.

The report pointed out that the move could potentially increase tensions between the United States and Russian Federation.

"Our US 6th Fleet is always prepared to respond where called", said Cdr.

"We routinely conduct operations to advance security and stability throughout the United States 6th Fleet area of operations to include the global waters and airspace of the Black Sea", Raines told CNN.

"We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with global laws and norms", he said.

On Wednesday, the US Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russian Federation. The drill came as Kiev has accused Moscow of planning to seize two of its strategic port cities.

"Ukraine, the United States and the worldwide community has taken proactive and decisive action in 2014 aimed at combating the illicit aggressive behavior of Russian Federation, including the imposition of economic sanctions".

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"As stated in the letter, Parubiy thanked Pence "for the permanent support of Ukraine" and informed on the events of 25 November 2018, when the Russian Federation, violating the sovereignty of Ukraine and global law, attacked the Ukrainian boat "Berdyansk" and "Nikopol", as well as inshore tug "Yana Kapu", captured them, wounding and capturing Ukrainian sailors".

"It is Kremlin's regime who bears full responsibility for further aggravation of the situation in the Azov and Black Seas and for undermining the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict".

As part of martial law, Ukraine has beefed up its forces on the border with Russia, called up reservists for training and barred entry to all Russian males between ages 16 and 60.

Russia's actions and its detention of Ukrainian sailors prompted President Donald Trump to cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 in Argentina. Ukraine also demands the return of the captured navy ships and to compensate for the damage caused.

"Ukraine is constantly considering the Budapest Memorandum as an important global instrument for ensuring Ukraine's security", the ministry said in a statement on its website.

According to CNN, the last US ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October.

A decades-old treaty requires that all countries that do not have a Black Sea coastline are required to give Turkey 15-days notice when their warships plan to transit the waterway.

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