November 26, 2018 / 6:48 AM / 16 days ago

Russia must ensure access to Sea of Azov - German Europe Minister

FILE PHOTO: German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth attends a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BERLIN (Reuters) - Moscow must ensure access to the Sea of Azov, German Europe Minister Michael Roth said on Monday, after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea.

“It has committed itself to that (access),” Roth told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk in an interview.

He added that both Russia and Ukraine must de-escalate.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal; editing by Tassilo Hummel

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