Klimkin saw a “trap” in Russia's proposal for Ukrainian sailors
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Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin called the note of the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding Ukrainian sailors who were arrested after violating the Russian border “a diplomatic trap”. He wrote about this on June 27 on his page on the social network Facebook
I do not have to coordinate with the president the answer to the note of the Russian Federation on sailors – Klimkin
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“To remove all the questions, I ask you for two diplomatic notes. The first is the Russian trap, by the way quite primitive, the second is our answer, which exposes the hidden motives of the Russian Federation, ”Klimkin wrote, accompanying the message with the relevant documents of diplomatic correspondence.
According to him, the trap was allegedly prepared for Ukrainian sailors, the legal and diplomatic team, and for the country's leadership.
On June 25, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent notes to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and to the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow, in which, in particular, attention was drawn to the possibilities available in the framework of the criminal procedure legislation of the Russian Federation with regard to sailors and ships, which may be involved at this stage Ukrainian side in order to release them.
Klimkin in response expressed his disagreement with the position of Russia and demanded that Moscow immediately and unconditionally comply with the decision of the International Tribunal and release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three ships.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that he would learn about the actions of the Foreign Ministry on the international arena from the Internet, and Klimkin did not agree with him on the response to the Russian note on Ukrainian sailors. The president emphasized that such actions by Klimkin could jeopardize the return of sailors.
Earlier Zelensky tried to dismiss Klimkin, but the Verkhovna Rada voted against by a small margin.
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