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Putin’s first reaction to the conflict in the Kerch Strait

According to the president, this is a provocation before the elections of 2019.

Vladimir Putin at the Russia Calling Forum answered the question from The Capital’s journalist about the conflict with Ukraine in the Kerch Strait. The event was broadcast by Vedomosti.

According to Putin, the incident at sea is a provocation of Kiev before the presidential elections in Ukraine.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]As for the incident in the Black Sea. This is an unconditional provocation, which is organized by the current government, the president acting on the eve of the 2019 elections. The rating of the president in the fifth line, he has a chance not to enter the next round, so you need to do something and create obstacles for his rivals from the opposition.[/perfectpullquote]
Vladimir Putin
about the Kerch conflict

Putin recalled that after the annexation of the Crimea to Russia and the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine, martial law was not introduced. He was introduced after a “small incident” in the Black Sea “clearly on the eve of the elections.”

Putin also said that in September 2018, the same caravan of Ukrainian ships passed under the Kerch Bridge, they fully complied with the agreement and told where they were going. They provided a pilot and spent.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Obvious signs of a provocation harvested in advance, to take advantage of this as a pretext to impose martial law in the country. It has nothing to do with settling relations with Russia. This is a game to suppress political opponents.[/perfectpullquote]
Vladimir Putin

On November 25, the FSB reported that three Ukrainian warships had invaded the territorial waters of Russia, they were heading from Odessa to Mariupol, but did not let them through the Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian side claims that it notified Russia in advance of arrival. On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada imposed martial law for 30 days in territories bordering Russia.

On November 26, the FSB announced that it had twice warned the Ukrainian side about the need to file an application for the passage, but the requirements were not met. The FSB also claims that the Ukrainian ships threatened with weapons, and the whole conflict is a provocation of Kiev, which was led by two officers of the Security Service of Ukraine. The head of the SBU confirmed the presence of security officers on the detained Ukrainian ships.

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