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Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

November 27, 2018

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel at the initiative of the Germany side.

The two leaders discussed the dangerous incident that took place in the Sea of Azov – Black Sea area on November 25. Vladimir Putin expressed his views on the provocation and gross violation of international law by Ukraine’s warships, which deliberately disregarded the rules of innocent passage in the territorial sea of the Russian Federation.

Serious concern was expressed over Kiev’s decision to put its armed forces on combat alert and impose martial law.

It was pointed out that the Ukrainian authorities bear full responsibility for creating yet another conflict situation and for the attendant risks. All this has been clearly done in the context of the election campaign in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that Berlin would use its influence on Kiev to stop it from taking further reckless steps.

It was noted that the service personnel of the Russian Coast Guard were ready to provide additional explanations of the developments in the Kerch Strait.

November 27, 2018