Russia: German experts can monitor Kerch Strait

Friday, 18. January 2019 13:06

Speaking at a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin agreed to a proposal to have German experts monitor the Kerch Strait next to the Crimean peninsula. The idea was put forth by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Putin agreed to it last month, the diplomat added.

Kerch Strait was the scene of a clash between Russian security forces and three Ukrainian ships that, according to Moscow, did not have permission to pass through to the Azov Sea. The vessels were shot at, then seized, exacerbating already tense relations between Russia and Ukraine and sparking concerns in Europe and the United States. Kerch Strait separates the Russia-annexed Crimea and the rest of Russia, while connecting the Black Sea and Azov Sea, both of which Ukraine still has access to.

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