December 20, 2018 / 12:59 PM / 3 months ago

Putin says Russia ready to respect Azov Sea accord with Ukraine

MOSCOW, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he was willing to respect a Russian-Ukrainian accord governing the joint use of the Azov Sea and that Moscow wanted to normalise the situation around the waters.

Moscow last month seized three Ukrainian navy vessels and their crews off Crimea, accusing them of illegally entering Russian waters. (Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya, Maria Kiselyova, Andrew Osborn, Polina Ivanova Writing by Tom Balmforth Editing by Maria Kiselyova)

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