The United States will present an extra $10 million in navy financing to Ukraine to bolster its navy after Russia captured three Ukrainian vessels at sea final month, in a “dangerous escalation,” the State Department stated on Friday.
The transfer comes after Lithuania and the United Kingdom elevated their safety help to Ukraine, the division stated, following the Nov 25 attack close to the Kerch Strait.
“The United States calls on Russia to immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained Ukrainian crews, to keep the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov open to ships transiting to and from Ukrainian ports, and to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the State Department added.
Russia opened hearth on the Ukrainian ships after which seized them and their crews close to Crimea – which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March 2014. The Kerch Strait is the one outlet to the Sea of Azov and controls entry to two main Ukrainian ports.
The incident prompted US President Donald Trump to name off a gathering with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Argentina to sign Washington’s disapproval of Russian habits within the naval conflict with Ukraine.