MOSCOW, Russian Federation – In a bold diplomatic move, which no doubt will carry understood consequences, Russian President Vladimir Putin has just accused the Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko of organizing a provocation in the Kerch Strait.
“There are clear signs of a provocation prepared in advance, designed to use this as a pretext for imposing martial law in the country. It has nothing to do with attempts to regulate relations between Russia and Ukraine. This is a game of aggravation, ” the president said, speaking at the VTB Capital forum “Russia is calling! ”.
He recalled that the Ukrainian ships entered the Russian territorial waters, which were such even before the annexation of the Crimea.
“Without responding to the requests of our border guards, we began to move straight to this bridge. They did not react to the offers to wait in the waiting area, they were still offered to return back to the waiting area – even after violating our state border, they were silent, they didn’t respond at all, ” the president added.
Russian border guards, as the head of state noted, were doing their duty. “And how should border guards act? Military vessels invaded the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and do not respond, it is unclear what they are going to do. How should they act? If they acted differently, they [the border guards] all had to be brought to justice, ” Putin said.
Experts widely agree that Poroshenko’s provocation was meant to provoke precisely the Russian reaction which would give him the political capital to call for a state of Martial Law. He has been able to achieve this after a fight with the Rada, arriving at a compromise Martial Law condition of 30 days, limited to certain regions.