russian ships’ access to EU ports may be restricted

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Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin says his European Union counterparts will in February and March discuss new sanctions against russia over an attack on Ukrainian navy boats near the Kerch Strait.

“There are several ideas I will deliberately not mention. They will be discussed by the EU foreign ministers in February and March. These may be very important decisions,” Klimkin said at a press conference summing up the results of Ukraine’s diplomacy in 2018, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

“There are two approaches here: one approach concerns personal sanctions against those who organized all this and who gave commands, but the EU is right that all the military command of russia is already under sanctions – who else could be added here? Or [the second approach] is that we will also work on the logic of restricting access [to EU ports] for russian ships assigned to the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea,” he said.

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