Russia's militarisation of the Black Sea shouldn't go unchecked

President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin are seen during the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires Argentina

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Putin - who has praised his navy for defending Russian territory - "provided exhaustive explanations on this incident in the Black Sea, explaining everything in detail, in exactly the same manner as yesterday during his meeting with the French president", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax.

Russian Federation and Ukraine have blamed each other for the November 25 clash in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine says Russian Federation has purposely held up its ships to choke its Azov Sea ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk, from which metals and agricultural goods are exported.

Polygraph.info reached out to Omelyan for comment on November 30.

For its part, Russian Federation has countered with arbitrary interpretations of the Azov Sea's and Kerch Strait's legal statuses-interpretations that Russian Federation alone is presently able to impose through force in the theater.

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A 2003 Russia-Ukraine agreement designates the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait as shared internal waters.

The BBC's Jonah Fisher notes what one Ukrainian official calls a "quiet blockade" of Ukraine's Azov ports.

Pursuant to a 2003 agreement, both Russian Federation and Ukraine are free to move in the Kerch Strait as they wish.

Poroshenko emphasized that "martial law does not mean the declaration of war", but a step toward strengthening Ukraine's defense. "Because when you have provocations, such hostilities like what just happened in the Black Sea ... you can always use war to justify your economic failures".

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been tense in recent years after Russian-backed separatists annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

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Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas made a statement a few hours after the foreign minister, also calling on Russian Federation to immediately release the Ukrainian ships seized and the naval personnel captured in the Kerch Strait and to take steps to alleviate tensions.

The Ukrainian border service said Saturday that around 100 Russian citizens had been denied entry since the border restrictions went into effect Friday.

Juergen Hardt, foreign policy spokesman for Merkel's conservatives in parliament, also raised questions about Nord Stream 2 and said further sanctions against Russian Federation would have to be considered unless diplomatic efforts bore fruit.

Putin was speaking at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, where President Trump canceled a meeting with the Russian leader because of Moscow's refusal to release the 24 Ukrainian sailors. "In response to Russia's aggressive actions, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has substantially increased its presence in the Black Sea region over the past few years".

The official also again condemned Russia's "non-compliance" with the INF, saying Moscow "must fully comply with its worldwide commitments".

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