Poroshenko asked Merkel to punish Russia with new sanctions for issuing passports to Donbass

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, urging her to support the new sanctions against Russia in connection with the decision of Moscow on the simplified issuance of Russian passports to residents of Donbass.

According to the press service of the Ukrainian leader, Poroshenko urged Berlin to support the strengthening of sanctions against Moscow “in response to the so-called passport decrees.”

The press service also reported that the politicians discussed the consideration by the International Maritime Tribunal of the release of 24 sailors of the Ukrainian Navy detained by Russia for illegally crossing the border in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018.

As they say in the message, Poroshenko and Merkel paid attention to the strengthening of pressure on Russia for the purpose of the release of the Ukrainian seamen. During the conversation, it was also noted that the partnership between Ukraine and Germany over the past five years “has reached a strategic level.”

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