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Russia Rejects European Call for Release of Ukrainian Sailors

  • Moscow condemns ‘unacceptable demands’ and ‘double standards’
  • Merkel, Macron criticized Russian actions over Sea of Azov
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Source: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Russia rejected a Franco-German call to release 24 Ukrainian sailors seized during a naval clash last month, and accused the European powers of siding with the government in Kiev.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron issued the appeal in a joint statement on Friday that also criticized Russia for conducting “excessive” inspections in the Sea of Azov near Crimea that are holding up free passage of shipping.