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U.S. warns Russia over latest events in Ukraine

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The United States warned Russia on Monday over it's "outlaw actions" namely the seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov which are not making the relation-building any easier between The White House and The Kremlin

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that "the United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russia. But outlaw actions like this one continue to make that impossible."

Tensions have risen following the Russian navy on Sunday as it boarded and seized three Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea, accusing Ukraine of illegally entering Russian waters in the Sea of Azov.

The confrontation at sea increased fears of a military escalation.

Ambassador Haley blamed Russia for the clash, calling the seizure of the ships an "outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory" adding "yet another reckless Russian escalation."

However she did not imply any talks of further sanctions, instead decided to call for a de-escalation of tensions over Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 in a move never recognised by the international community.

President Donald Trump disapproved of the Russian actions, nevertheless pointed to the European governments to handle the situation.

"We do not like what's happening," said Trump, "hopefully it will get straightened out. I know Europe is not - they are not thrilled. They're working on it too. We're all working on it together."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned "this aggressive Russian action" in a statement calling for Russia to return the Ukrainian vessels and release the detained seamen,the reports of Russian action represent "a dangerous escalation and a violation of international law," said Pompeo.

Haley said her remarks followed conversations with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and reflect "concerns at the highest level of the American government."

This will only add more drama to the upcoming G20 meeting in Buenos Aires this weekend as the agenda only becomes more sensitive.

 

 

 

 

Source: Smart Trend Team/ AFP