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Russia: Ukraine

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL11820, tabled on 26 November 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the governments of Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate rising tension in the Kerch Strait.

Answered on

10 December 2018

The UK's full diplomatic network is actively engaged on securing a united international response. The Foreign Secretary, in his statement on 26 November, condemned Russia's aggressive actions and their forcible seizure of the Ukrainian vessels and their crews. He called on the Russian Federation to ensure freedom of passage through the Kerch Strait and for the exercise of restraint. We have been clear through the UN, OSCE, EU and NATO that Russia must release the vessels and their crew. The UK continues to express its full support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and territorial waters. Our Ambassador to the Ukraine has been actively engaging with the Ukrainian Government, including the Foreign Ministry, Defence Ministry and the Navy.