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Black Sea is Not Russia's, Says UK Defence Minister on Ukraine Visit

Black Sea is Not Russia's, Says UK Defence Minister on Ukraine Visit

The British minister was speaking as tensions in the area remain high after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews in the Black Sea last month, accusing them of illegally entering its territorial waters, a charge Ukraine denied.

Odessa (Ukraine): British defence minister Gavin Williamson visited Ukraine on Friday where he told his Ukrainian counterpart that the Black Sea did not belong to Russia and that Britain had sent a Royal Navy ship there to show Kiev did not stand alone.

Williamson was speaking as tensions in the area remain high after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews in the Black Sea last month, accusing them of illegally entering its territorial waters, a charge Ukraine denied.

first published:December 21, 2018, 19:26 IST