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No military solution to Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Merkel

IANS  |  Berlin 

German on Thursday said there is "no military solution" to the conflict between and Kiev, after Ukrainian urged NATO to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations following a naval confrontation in waters off Crimea.

Poroshenko's request came following the confrontation with on Sunday where the latter opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews in the Strait, the reported.

Merkel blamed the crisis on Russian Vladimir Putin, but said "issues like these can only be solved by sensible dialogue".

Talking to Germany's Bild newspaper, Poroshenko said: "is one of our closest allies and we hope that states within NATO are now ready to relocate naval ships to the in order to assist and provide security."

"We cannot accept this aggressive policy of First it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Germany, too, has to ask itself: what will do next if we do not stop him?"

In a tweet later, Poroshenko said his country would impose restrictions on Russian citizens in His office could not immediately confirm what those restrictions were.

A NATO did not comment on Poroshenko's request for warships, but said that "since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO has substantially increased its presence in the Black Sea".

The Kremlin said Poroshenko's request looked designed to cause more tensions in the area. accused Poroshenko of creating the naval "provocation" to boost his ratings ahead of the 2019 elections.

Ukraine's Infrastructure accused of imposing a de facto blockade on two Ukrainian ports on the by barring vessels from leaving and entering the sea via the Russian-controlled strait of Kerch, reported.

The Kremlin denied it was restricting shipping, saying it had not heard of any problems. If there were any delays they were due to bad weather rather than politics, it said.

Russian reported that delivered a battalion of S-400 surface-to-air missiles to north Crimea and also has plans to build a new missile early-warning radar station there.

Poroshenko also called on to halt the undersea pipeline 2 project that would allow Russia to to directly.

"We need a strong, resolute and clear reaction to Russia's aggressive behaviour," Poroshenko told the German group "That also means stopping the 2 "



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 19:58 IST