Ukraine’s temerity in Black Sea may pull NATO into war with Russia, senators warn

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NATO support is encouraging Ukraine’s recklessness in relations with Russia, but such provocation could lead to a military conflict in which the US-led alliance itself could become involved, the Russian Federation Council said. Senators released a joint statement dedicated to NATO’s 70th anniversary on Tuesday, paying special attention to the latest anti-Russian remarks coming from the organization. US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said last week that a special “package” had been designed within the bloc “to assure that there is a safe passage for Ukrainian vessels” through the Kerch Strait. The narrow waterway connecting the Black Sea and Azov Sea, which Russia controls, became the venue of an intense standoff last November, when several Ukrainian vessels deliberately violated Russia’s maritime border near the Kerch Strait. They were detained by the Russian coast guard, which chased the intruders and fired shots at them. The Federal Council clarified that “the passage of…

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