Russia warns ‘pandering to Kiev’ will embolden Ukraine and lead to more dangerous provocations

Backing Ukraine in the Kerch Strait crisis will fuel the adventurism of the Kiev authorities and lead to more provocations, endangering security in the region, Russia’s Federal Council said in an address to foreign parliaments. The violation of Russia’s maritime border in the Kerch Strait, between Crimea and mainland Russia, by three Ukrainian vessels last week “was a deliberate act, planned by the Ukrainian authorities,” the Senators wrote in their address. The “provocation” by Kiev was specifcally timed to coincide with the G20 summit and the start of the presidential campaign in Ukraine, they added. The Kerch Straight incident was among the excuses used by US President Donald Trump to cancel the much anticipated meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 gathering in Argentina on weekend. The real reason why Ukraine sent its ships to Russian territorial waters was to invoke martial law in eastern and southern parts of the country, which was swiftly announced by President Petro…

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