UN Security Council discusses about Kerch incident

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Annews24, Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the Kerch Strait incident would be discussed at a UN Security Council meeting later in the day at Russia’s request.

The UN Security Council is discussing the Kerch Strait incident, a day after Russia detained three ships from the Ukrainian Navy that crossed the Russian maritime border, thus violating Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Speaking at the meeting, the Russian deputy envoy said that Ukraine violated key provisions of international law, including UN charters, during the Kerch incident.

At the same time, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the United States voiced its support for Ukraine after the incident.

“I make the statement on behalf of the United States, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. We stand united in opposing Russia’s attack,” Haley said. “We strongly support Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders extending to its territorial waters. We express our deep concern over the incident which represents a dangerous escalation and violation of international law.”

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Russia’s FSB security agency accused the ships of ignoring warnings to stop and manoeuvring dangerously. Ukraine’s national security council responded by declaring 60 days of martial law, signed by the country’s President Petro Poroshenko earlier in the day.