Russia: Ukraine

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Russia on urging the Government of that country to de-escalate its military build-up in the Sea of Azov.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The Foreign Secretary has not made direct representations to Foreign Minister Lavrov about the Sea of Azov. However, at a UN Security Council Open Briefing on the situation in Ukraine on 30 October, at which Russia was present, the UK made a statement to UN members.

The UK made clear that the opening of the Kerch bridge was a flagrant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty. The UK's Permanent Representative to the UN noted that Russia's systematic disruption and detention of both Ukrainian and third country flagged vessels in the Sea of Azov since April 2018 was yet another attempt to destabilise Ukraine.

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