Ukraine seeks consultations of Budapest memo signatories over tensions in Kerch Strait

A Ukrainian serviceman stands on board a coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol eastern Ukraine Monday Dec. 3

The incident was the most unsafe in years between the ex-Soviet neighbours, which have been locked in a confrontation since 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Crimea and supported an insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting next week that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, the country's leader said Wednesday, as the authorities ramped up pressure on priests to support the move.

The U.S.is required to notify Turkey under the terms of the 1936 Montreux Convention, which governs the movement of military ships through the strategic Bosphorus and Dardanelles waterways which connect the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. "We will not, however, comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Government of Turkey".

Two of the unnamed officials told CNN that the plans weren't set in stone, and that the notification was merely to provide the U.S. Navy with the option of moving a warship into the area.

"Our US 6th Fleet is always prepared to respond where called", said Cdr.

"We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with global laws and norms", he said.

The planning comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow on a range of issues.

The action has further strained ties between Moscow and Kiev.

Russian Federation ultimately seized three ships, and 24 Ukrainian sailors, and has put them on trial on charges of illegal border crossing and other charges.

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The US has commenced rendering the mandatory provisions to sail a warship into the Black Sea, a step that arrives amid intensified anxiety in the area due to succeeding Russia's subjugation of Ukrainian ships and confinement of Ukrainian sailors.

The proposed spin suggests that fragmentation injuries suffered by the three Ukrainian navymen were allegedly a result of a "hand grenade explosion" on board during the skirmish between the crew and the SBU operative rather than a result of an armed attack on the boat by Russia's Izumrud coast guard ship.

As part of martial law, Ukraine has beefed up its forces on the border with Russia, called up reservists for training and barred entry to all Russian males between ages 16 and 60. US President Donald Trump chose to call off a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in Argentina after receiving a report on the Kerch Incident.

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin", Trump tweeted from Air Force One en route to Argentina. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that there were "no restrictions" on vessels traveling through the Kerch Strait.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference in Brussels Tuesday, said the alliance "will collectively develop set of responses that demonstrate to Russians this behavior is unacceptable".

In a statement by the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria, Mykola Yaremchuk, first secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine said the attack on the ships was carried out during a sea crossing from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol, in accordance with the provisions of all effective multilateral and bilateral worldwide treaties and navigation rules.

According to CNN, the last USA ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October. The USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, left the Black Sea at the end of August.

The rules of the pact say that countries that do not possess a coastline on the Black Sea are needed to offer Turkey atleast 15 days cognizance before altering the straits.

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