Does Russia not allow British ships to pass? Ukrainian officials: send British ships to test

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Does Russia not allow British ships to pass? Ukrainian officials: send British ships to test

2018-12-24 10:25:03 634 ℃

The picture shows Ukrainian ships detained by Russia

[Global Times comprehensive report] According to Russian satellite network 23rd According to reports, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of the Territorial Occupied Territories Affairs Gram Chuck suggested in the Ukrainian television program to test Russia’s reaction to British naval vessels passing through the Kerch Strait. He said: "It is said that Russia does not allow British ships to pass. I would like to ask someone to try it?" Prior to this, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Commission of Ukraine, Alexander Turchinov, announced that he planned to re-send warships through the Kerch Strait. . The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Turchinov’s words were “absolutely irresponsible” and the purpose was to “make the situation worse”.

News background:

Ukrainian Defense Minister Portorac and British Defense Minister Williamson meet in Odessa, southern port city of Uzbekistan on the 21st . The two sides agreed that the Royal Navy team will arrive in Ukraine in January next year to start training for the Ukrainian Navy.

According to the news released by the Ministry of Defense’s Information Bureau, the two defense chiefs discussed the recent tensions between the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait. The two sides also held in-depth discussions on bilateral military and technical cooperation, joint naval exercises between the two countries, and technical equipment provided by the British to Ukrainian troops.

Williamson arrived in Uzbekistan on the 21st for a one-day working visit. On the same day, he accompanied the Ukrainian Defense Minister to inspect the British Royal Navy "Echo" multi-purpose hydrographic survey ship that was being visited in Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine clashed in the Kerch Strait on November 25, and Russia detained three U.S. naval ships and 24 soldiers. Subsequently, Uzbekistan announced that some areas entered a 30-day "state of war." In this context, the visit of the Royal Navy ships has attracted wide attention.

Editor: Zhang Qi