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EU summit in mid-December may discuss situation in Kerch Strait, says European source

The source said the issue has not been included in the official agenda

BRUSSELS, December 10. /TASS/. The situation in the Kerch Strait will be among the topics to be discussed at a European Union summit on December 13-14, a source in the Council of the European Union said on Monday.

When asked about possible discussion of new sanctions against Russia, the diplomat noted that this matter is not on the official agenda but can be discussed when raised by anyone.

In violation of the rules of passage via Russia’s territorial sea and the Kerch Strait, three warships of the Ukrainian Navy crossed Russia’s state border on November 25. 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 twenty-four Ukrainian nationals who were detained after the incident have been arrested till January 25. They face charges of illegal border crossing (part 3, article 322 of the Russian Criminal Code), which carry a punishment of up to six year in prison.

Ukraine and Western nations used this incident as another pretext to accuse Russia of alleged violation of international norms and rule and demanded Russia release the sailors and return the ships.