WASHINGTON, Nov 27: Ottawa is in contact with G7 and NATO partners regarding the Ukraine-Russia naval incident in the Kerch Strait, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement on Monday.
On Sunday, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it intercepted three Ukrainian naval ships that illegally entered Russian territorial waters while moving from the Black Sea into the Azov Sea.
"Yesterday, I spoke with Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, and assured him of Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. Canada is also in contact with its G7 and NATO allies on this matter," Freeland said.
The Canadian top diplomat has also called on Russia to "immediately de-escalate, release the captured crew and vessels and not impede passage through the Kerch Strait."
On Monday, Ukrainian authorities decided to introduce martial law in selected regions of Ukraine along the border with Russia as well as along the coast of the Black Sea and Sea of Azov for 30 days.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it handed on Monday a protest note to Ukraine's Charge d'Affaires Ruslan Nimchinsky over the Sunday incident in the Kerch Strait. It added the responsibility for the escalation of the conflict situation in the Azov Sea-Black Sea region lies fully with the authorities in Kiev.(UNI-Sputnik)