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US Defence Secretary flays Russia over Ukraine confrontation

IANS  |  Washington 

US James has criticized over its naval confrontation with Ukraine, saying had "brazenly" violated its agreement with the eastern European country.

made the remarks at the Reagan National Defence Forum in Simi Valley, California, referring to the 2003 agreement between and that allowed ships of both sides free passage through the Kerch Strait, which separates the and the Sea of Azov, reported.

On November 25, the said Russian forces opened fire and seized three Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait, injuring six Ukrainian sailors.

said the Ukrainian ships had breached the Russian border and conducted dangerous movements in spite of Russia's orders.

The originally scheduled meeting between US and Russian at the Group of 20 summit was cancelled with the citing the Russian-Ukrainian animosity as the reason.



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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 20:24 IST