Russian Federation announces Ban on List of Ukrainian Products

Russian Federation announces Ban on List of Ukrainian Products

Russian Federation announces Ban on List of Ukrainian Products

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Emmanuel Macron take part in a European Union leaders summit in Brussels December 13, 2018. The Crimean sanctions will also remain in effect until Russian Federation returns the peninsula to Ukraine, she said in comments to the Novoye Vremya portal.

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have demanded Russian Federation release the 24 Ukrainian sailors captured last month in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea with the Azov Sea.

"The guarantee of a safe and secure environment should enable the implementation of crucial humanitarian measures".

Tensions between the two countries escalated further during a naval clash that saw Russian Federation seize three Ukrainian vessels and detain two dozen sailors in the Black Sea.

Following the incident, Ukraine's president introduced martial law in several regions of the country and the coast of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, but was terminated earlier this week.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a government decree on Saturday to ban imports of many Ukrainian products amid Moscow-Kiev tensions.

Merkel and Macron demanded on Friday that Russian Federation release the Ukrainian sailors, whom it captured along with their ships last month in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea with the Azov Sea.

"They too should be able to celebrate the upcoming festivities with their families", they added. "We now call on the parties to assume their full responsibilities, especially with regard to civilians in the area".

In their Friday statement, Macron and Merkel welcomed the ceasefire deal, saying it would give a chance to both sides to "focus on the needs of the civilian population".

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