Kiev "expects the United States and Europe, as always, blindly take the side of provocateurs," says the Russian chancellor.
Moscow "has no doubt that the provocation" of the Ukrainian Navy in the Kerch Strait was organized at least with "approval" or, possibly, even with "a direct order" from the leaders of that country, as stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference.
The Russian foreign minister has indicated that, in planning this provocation, the Ukrainian side "would have calculated the additional benefits that it wishes to obtain from this situation". Thus, Lavrov has assured that Ukraine, "first of all, expects the United States and Europe, as always, blindly take the side of provocateurs, " reports RIA Novosti .
In addition, the head of Russian diplomacy has commented on the draft resolution "on the militarization of the Sea of Azov" that Ukraine plans to present to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
"It was probably important for them to obtain, at least, some facts to [justify] that pointless document that they disseminated to the UN, so it's difficult for me to say what ideas they had in mind when they planned this provocation and what they wanted to achieve to the promotion of their policies, "said Sergey Lavrov, who believes that this initiative is on the path of " radical nationalism . "
On November 25, three ships of the Naval Forces of Ukraine violated articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea by illegally crossingthe Russian state border towards the Kerch Strait, which separates the peninsula from Crimea of continental Russia.
These vessels"maneuvered in a dangerous manner"and "did not obey" the requirements of the Russian border guards.
The situation caused the navigation ofcivil vesselsacross the strait to besuspendedtemporarily.
Subsequently, these three Ukrainian military vessels attempted other illegal actions, after which the Russian border guardsused weaponsand captured them.
Afterwards, Russia requested an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council after the violation of its sovereignty.