Ukraine Seeks NATO’s Help in Dispute with Russia
Ukraine is asking the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, for help after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged NATO countries to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov. His comments were reported in the German newspaper Bild.
Poroshenko said Ukraine's NATO allies were needed "to provide security" after Russian forces seized the ships and their crews on Sunday. He told the newspaper the seizures showed that Russian President Vladimir Putin "wants nothing less than to occupy the sea."
The Ukrainian government has said Russia is blocking shipping activity to and from Ukrainian ports near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. The Kerch Strait connects the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea.
Russia denies it is restricting shipping in the area. It has said the Ukrainians were violating Russian waters and that Ukraine did not inform Russian officials of its naval movements. Ukraine denies this.
Poroshenko said sending NATO ships would send a clear message to Putin. "The only language he understands is the unity of the Western world," he said.
Earlier this week, NATO released a statement condemning Russia's "use of military force against Ukraine." The alliance called on Russia to provide unrestricted access to Ukrainian ports and permit "freedom of navigation."
The United States and other countries have also criticized the Russian actions in the Kerch Strait. On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he was canceling planned talks with Putin over the issue. The two leaders were to meet at the G-20 summit in Argentina this weekend.
On Twitter, Trump said that his decision was "based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia." He added that he looks forward to a future meeting with Putin "as soon as this situation is resolved."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she does plan to meet with Putin at the G-20 meetings. She said she will urge him to order the release of the Ukrainians and their ships.
Following the Russian seizures, Poroshenko declared martial law in parts of Ukraine. Putin has accused the Ukrainian president of provoking the naval incident and using it so that he could declare martial law. He said he thinks Poroshenko took the action to build up his popularity before planned presidential elections in March.
The shipping incident is the latest dispute between the two countries since Russian forces took the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. At the time, the Russian government said Crimea's ethnic Russian majority was under threat. Pro-Russian forces have also been fighting Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine, although tensions have recently eased.
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2.naval ships 军舰
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乌克兰总统波罗申科敦促北约国家向亚速海派遣军舰 。德国《图片报》报道了他的言论 。
波罗申科表示，在俄罗斯周日扣押了这些船只及其船员之后，乌克兰需要北约盟国“提供安全协助 。”他对该报表示，扣押行为表明俄罗斯总统普京“只想独霸这片海域 。”
乌克兰政府称，俄罗斯封锁了乌克兰港口进出亚速海和刻赤海峡附近港口的航运活动 。刻赤海峡连接了亚速海和黑海 。
俄罗斯否认在该地区限制航运 。该国指出，乌克兰人侵犯了俄罗斯水域，并且乌克兰没有提前将其海军行动告知俄罗斯官员 。乌克兰否认了这一点 。
波罗申科表示，派遣北约军舰会向普京发出明确信号 。他说：“他唯一能理解的语言是西方世界的团结 。”
本周早些时候，北约发表声明谴责俄罗斯“对乌克兰使用武力 。”北约呼吁俄罗斯，不要限制乌克兰港口的进出通道并允许“自由航行 。”
美国和其让国家也批评了俄罗斯在刻赤海峡的行动 。周四，美国总统特朗普宣布，取消原定的与普京就该问题举行的会谈 。两位领导人原本将于本周末在阿根廷举行的20国集团峰会上会面 。
特朗普在推特上表示，这一决定是“基于遭扣押船只和船员尚未从俄罗斯返回乌克兰 。”他补充说，他期望，“一旦这一局势得到解决，”就会与普京举行会晤 。
德国总理默克尔表示，她计划在20国集团会议上与普京会面 。默克尔称，将敦促普京下令释放乌克兰船员及其船只 。
在俄罗斯扣押船只事件后，波罗申科宣布在乌克兰部分地区实施戒严令 。普京指责乌克兰总统挑起了这起海军事端并加以利用，并借此宣布戒严令 。普京认为，波罗申科此举是为了在计划于3月举行的总统选举前提高自己的支持率 。
这起航运事件是2014年俄罗斯从乌克兰手中接管克里米亚半岛以来两国最新的争端 。当时俄罗斯政府称，在克里米亚占多数的俄罗斯族人正面临威胁 。亲俄罗斯军事力量也一直在乌克兰东部与乌克兰军队作战，尽管最近的紧张局势有所缓和 。