November 27, 2018 / 8:11 AM / 6 months ago

Russia must respect international law again - Germany's Maas

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends unveiling ceremony of a memorial stele, commemorating Hermann Gerson and the Freudenberg family, owners of a Jewish department store, which served as Reich Criminal Police Department from 1939, at Werderscher Markt in Berlin, Germany November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday urged Moscow to stick to international law again and respect the territorial sovereignty of neighbouring countries, following Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has warned of an “extremely serious” threat of a land invasion after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and took their crew prisoner at the weekend.

“The aim must be that Russia sticks to international rules again and that it does not violate the territorial sovereignty of its neighbours,” Maas said in a speech in Berlin.

To achieve this, Germany and its European allies need clear principles and a “true dialogue” on common security in Europe, Maas added.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; editing by Thomas Seythal

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