Russia handed over seized Ukrainian naval ships
Federal Security Service’s Border Service in Crimea announced that Russia is set to hand over three Ukrainian ships captured near the Kerch Strait.
"Three Ukrainian vessels - the Yana Kapu tugboat and the Nikopol and Berdyansk small armored artillery boats are being towed from the port of Kerch to the agreed transfer point. They will be returned on November 18," the statement included.
By the end of 2019, the 10-year transit gas contract between Russia and Ukraine will expire. It is remarkable that Russia is making such a gesture while negotiations are under way for a new contract. We will see the result in the following weeks.
As noted by Kryminform, the transfer of ships will take place in "neutral waters". "Some actions to transfer Ukrainian warships have already begun. Boats and a tugboat will be delivered to the neutral waters of the Black Sea.
On September 7, 2019, Moscow and Kiev carried out a "35 for 35" exchange of detainees, which included the 24 Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait.
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