Russia rejects German – French demand to release 24 Ukrainian sailors

Russia dismisses German - French demand to release 24 Ukrainian sailors kidnapped by Russia after attacking their ships in the sea of Azov, euronews reprots.




German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron appeal to Russia for human rights violation in Crimea and also demanded the release of the 24 Ukrainian sailors currently detained in Russia following last month's altercation in the Kerch Strait.

But the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergiy Lavrov bluntly dismissed those calls on Saturday, describing them as "regrettable" and accusing the West of "double standards."

"It is regrettable that the second part of this statement, in which Berlin and Paris presumptuously accuse Russia of certain violations of human rights in the Crimea and escalation of tension in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, present us with unacceptable demands," a statement from Lavrov said.

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Source: euronews

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