Kremlin expects Putin-Trump meeting in Argentina to go ahead


Ukraine, which claims its vessels were operating in worldwide waters when they were fired upon, boarded and seized, released data on the exact location of the ships to back that claim.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday spoke about the growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia in the Kerch Strait and accused Poroshenko for everything.

In the meantime, Poroshenko signed an order to enter into force of the martial law.

"I think it reflects Washington's tendency to indulge any and all action taken by the Kiev regime, even inciting them to provocative actions", Lavrov told reporters in Geneva.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian vessels "a risky escalation and a violation of worldwide law" and called for restraint from both countries.

Sunday's incident was the first direct confrontation between Ukraine and Russia in the long-running conflict pitting Kiev against Moscow and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east. "We have no other information from our USA counterparts", Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state media.

The statement was strongly worded but will disappoint some European Union members hoping for a harder joint line, after officials had earlier said the bloc was considering new sanctions against Moscow.

Losing access to it would cut off the ports of Ukraine's Mariupol and Berdyansk cities from the Black Sea, essentially turning the Sea of Azov into a backwater for the country.

On Monday, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg called on Russian Federation to free the Ukrainian ships and sailors and said Moscow should realise the "consequences of its actions".

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it still expected a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead
APThe Kremlin said on Wednesday it still expected a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead

Ukraine contends that its vessels followed worldwide maritime rules.

At least three Ukrainian sailors were wounded when Russian FSB border guards opened fire on two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug off Crimea.

A video filmed from aboard a Russian vessel shows Russians chasing the Ukrainian tugboat and ramming the vessel.

A court in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, on Tuesday ordered the other 15 Ukrainian sailors to be detained for two months pending a possible trial.

He insisted that Russia's military response was appropriate as the Ukrainians had "trespassed" into Russia's territorial waters.

Separately, a Reuters correspondent in Crimea on Wednesday observed a Russian navy minesweeper ship, the Vice-Admiral Zakharin, heading in the direction of the Sea of Azov. "Border patrol officials of the Russian Federation warned us that we were in violation of Russian law".

Another sailor said that the actions of the Ukrainian crew were "provocative".

Russian Federation began prosecuting the Ukrainian crew members November 27.

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