BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg demanded that Russia release the detained Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized during the Kerch Strait incident, speaking in a press conference in Brussels on Monday.

“Russia must release the Ukrainian sailors and ships, it must also allow freedom of navigation and unhindered access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian vessels, military as well as civilian, have the right to navigate through the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov,” the NATO chief said.

Stoltenberg stated that since the “the illegal annexation of Crimea” NATO has provided political and practical support to Ukraine, highlighting the increase in the number of ships under NATO’s command in the Black Sea region.

He also called on Russia to respect the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty saying that the US is “in full compliance” with it whereas Russia has “developed, produced and deployed a new missile.”

“We seek dialogue with Russia, and we inspire to improve the relations. But to make this possible, Russia must fully comply with its international commitments,” he concluded.

 

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Ukraine is not a NATO member. So it is none of Stoltenberg’s business. p.s. Russia must keep the bilateral treaty with Ukraine about the use of the straits and the sea signed in 2003 by President Putin: Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the sea of Azov and the strait of Kerch. 1) The sea of Azov and the strait of Kerch are historically internal waters of the Russian Federation and the Ukraine. 4) Mercantile vessels and other state non-commercial vessels flying the flags of the Russian Federation and the Ukraine have… Read more »

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Nato forces on russian border, u s. Pulling out of the nuclear treaty (or has trump changed his mind?) Besides the israelis do as they please on an hourly basis, killing unarmed civilians,occupying territory and all the rest, assasination squads on foreign territory etc, crimea had a referendum,they voted to stay with russia, how about offering them a new referendum that is witnessed by observers, no flashy campaigns or politicians shaking hands and kissing babies just two boxes to tick, stay with russia or stay with ukraine,then if the vote says ukraineit is undeniable but if it stays with russia… Read more »

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Once the antichrist Sebastian Kurz is powerful enough to shut down NATO, this guy should be cooking pommes for a living.