Merkel, Putin discuss Syria, Kerch Strait incident

Merkel, Putin discuss Syria, Kerch Strait incident

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed the situation in Syria, the Kerch Strait incident and the situation in the Sea of Azov on the sidelines of the G20 summit, German Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert informed on Twitter on Saturday.

The German chancellor and the Russian leader had a working breakfast. “The focus was on the situation in Syria, as well as the situation that arose between Russia and Ukraine in the Kerch Strait and in the Sea of Azov,” Seibert noted.

The German government spokesperson also posted a photograph of Merkel and Putin shaking hands before the beginning of the meeting.

Kerch Strait incident

On November 27, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, endorsed President Pyotr Poroshenko’s decree on imposing a 30-day martial law from November 28 in the Vinnitsa, Lugansk, Nikolayevsk, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkov, Chernigov, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, as well as Ukraine’s territorial waters in the Sea of Azov. Initially, Poroshenko sought to impose martial law for 60 days, but this put into question holding the March presidential election and sparked a public outcry.

The pretext for the decision to declare martial law was an incident in the Kerch Strait on November 25, when three Ukrainian warships, en route from Odessa to Mariupol, illegally crossed Russia’s state border, entered Russia’s territorial waters and started performing dangerous maneuvers.

Despite the repeated warnings and demands to stop, the Ukrainian vessels continued their way, forcing Russia to use weapons. All three Ukrainian ships were detained in the Black Sea. Three Ukrainian servicemen were wounded and received medical assistance. Their lives are currently not under threat. A criminal case has been launched over the violation of Russia’s state border. Moscow slammed the incident as a provocation.

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4 Replies to “Merkel, Putin discuss Syria, Kerch Strait incident

  1. Notice how Uncle Vlad’s face positively beams when he greets politicians of the female persuasion ?

  2. And keep in mind kids, that Russia and Germany were not exactly besties. See what diplomacy can do . . . I say we all try it!!

    1. About more than 1000 years ago a mystical figure named Rurik setteled down on a shore of Lake Ladoga near St Petersburg today. He was a diplomat who compromised the quarrel between Finnic and Slavic tribes. And there were also German tradesmen who called themselves Hansa. Later on Rurik moved southwards and founded the city and republic called Novgorod Rus. Novgorod became very wealthy thanks to fair Hansa trade.

    2. Thanks JL. I didn’t know any of that, so it’s a “learn something new every day” experience LMGAO.

      I surfed the web, starting with Hansa and hit a gnarly tubular. What a ride, all the way to the East-West Schism of 1054. Schism, now that’s a word people just do not say often enough and that was some . . . schism.

      This is my take-away from my surf:

      The heart reconciled with the mind higher than reason alone.

      Now there’s a . . . thought, which I love!

      Thanks again JL.

      Dear Santa,

      Please bring me the Hansa Teutonic game for Christmas this year. That’s all. I’m a cheap date.

      Thanks in advance.


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