MOSCOW, Russia – Duma (Russian parliament) president Vyacheslav Volodin said that the Ukrainian leader, Pyotr Poroshenko, carried out a provocation in the territorial waters of Russia and, in fact, put the world on the brink of war.
“The tension that is being created in the world must be qualified. We do not understand why the actions of the president of Ukraine today remain without such qualification,” Volodin said during a meeting.
“In fact, Poroshenko put the world on the brink of war, imposing martial law and putting troops in combat readiness. He did this to preserve his power,” he added.
During the meeting with Lithuanian parliamentarian Rolandas Paksas, Volodin stressed that the provocation of Ukraine in Russian waters “shows once again what measures a person can take, with the support of Washington, to preserve his own power”.
“This concerns all of us, all who live in the European home, but everyone is silent,” the Russian MP said.
On 25 November, three Ukrainian Navy vessels (Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu) and their crew were detained for violating Russia’s national maritime border, violating Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on Maritime Law. Despite this, the UN has not condemned Ukraine’s actions.
Subsequently, the parliament of Ukraine approved the introduction of martial law (proposed by Poroshenko) for 30 days in the regions of the country situated along the border with Russia, as well as along the coast of the Black Sea and the sea of Azov.
The incident was described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a provocation, and he noted that among the crew members of Ukrainian offenders were two members of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).
According to the Russian leader, the provocation in the Black Sea is associated with the low popularity of the president of the Ukraine on the eve of the elections in the country.