Merkel and Macron Demand Russia Release Ukrainian Sailors
Heads of Germany and France also expressed their concern towards the violation of human rights in illegally annexed Crimea
On Dec. 28, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of country-members of Trilateral Contact Group, released joint statement demanding Russia to release Ukrainian sailors that were captured along with ships on Nov. 25, reports Reuters.
“We demand safe, free and unimpeded transit for all ships through the Kerch Strait and the immediate and unconditional release of all illegally detained Ukrainian seafarers,” Merkel and Macron said in a joint statement.
“They too should be able to celebrate the upcoming festivities with their families,” they added.
Heads of Germany and France also expressed their concern towards the violation of human rights in illegally annexed Crimea, reports Yevropeyska Pravda.
“The human rights situation in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in violation of international law, and the use of military force by Russia in the Straits of Kerch and abusive controls in the Sea of Azov are also a source of great concern to us,” said leaders in joint statement.
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