USA to sail warship to Black Sea amid Russia-Ukraine tensions


Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria condemns Russia’s seizure of ships

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

"We encourage you to use all available means to stop the aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine and its clear violation of global rules, norms by imposing additional energy and financial sanctions", - said Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, in a letter to the Vice-President of the United States.

The incident was the most unsafe in years between the ex-Soviet neighbours, which have been locked in a confrontation since 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Crimea and supported an insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Late last month Russian Federation opened fire on and seized three Ukranian navy vessels as they tried to pass through the Kerch Strait. A spokesman told CNN Wednesday that Moscow lays claim to areas that far exceed the 12 miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed by worldwide law.

"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".

Ukraine's president is begging North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to dispatch ships to the area after a confrontation in which the Russian coast guard fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels and their crews that sought to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov. Ukraine has declared martial law in some regions and banned entry to Russian men aged 16 to 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 says Russian Federation had blocked traffic around the Kerch Strait, but Russian Federation says the passage has been operating as usual, except for weather-related delays.

"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. The USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, left the Black Sea at the end of August.

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