MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Russia regrets that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has rejected the Russian-proposed agenda for the emergency session over the incident in the Kerch Strait, Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Rossiya 1 TV channel.
"When this dramatic situation began escalating, Russia sent a request to the UN Security Council chair to hold an emergency UNSC session," Zakharova said. "Ukraine also sent its materials, but it is not a UNSC member and cannot request sessions," she added.
"To our great regret, UNSC members - as our representative said, not without influence of the US and other Western countries - did not find the courage to fulfill Russia's request and hold the session on this agenda, or if we talk using normal language, to consider what happened yesterday in Russia's territorial waters," Zakharova continued. "Unfortunately, the request based on the Ukrainian letter was approved. I will stress this once again that we all understand very well how this so-called majority is attained," she said.
New provocations may follow after Ukrainian warships violated Russia's state borders in the Black Sea on November 25, Zakharova noted. "We are talking about a pre-planned, deliberated and now realized large-scale provocation which includes an informational component, a threat to use force, and then engages diplimatic and international law resources," she said. "I think everybody should be very careful next time. I think there will be a next time, considering what is happening now," Zakharova added.
On November 25 three warships of the Ukrainian Navy violated the rules of passage through Russia's territorial waters while en route from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea. The Russian side had to use weapons to compel the ships to stop. Three Ukrainian servicemen were lightly wounded. They received medical assistance. The ships were detained and escorted to the port of Kerch. A criminal case was initiated on border violation charges.
The Russian side described the incident as a provocation. The Ukrainian authorities declared martial law. The EU and NATO called for de-escalation of the situation.