Russia is accusing Ukrainian sailors of illegally crossing Russian waters and ignoring warnings from border guards, and sentenced them to two months of detention.
The sentence has angered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who along with a growing number of European leaders is calling for additional Western sanctions on Russia. In Washington, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also condemned Moscow’s actions. It’s a dangerous escalation on the part of Russians continued aggressive behavior against Ukraine. The United States continues to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity. The secretary and the president both have a very strong relationship with the government in Ukraine, President Poroshenko in particular.
Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Brussels next week for NATO meetings, and that Ukraine will likely be a big topic of conversation. She called on Europe to do more to assist Kiev. A number of foreign policy experts also blamed Russia for the escalating tensions.
We know that Russia is, is at fault here. We know that they’re still holding Ukrainians essentially as hostages which is beyond any definition of acceptable behavior by a modern civilized state. Surotchak said Moscow has been trying to destabilize Ukraine for the past five years. They’re trying to show another example of how Ukraine is unable to protect its borders, and is an illegitimate regime or illegitimate government and it’s just another, as I said, another building block in Moscow’s narrative that Ukraine, democratic Ukraine, cannot be allowed to survive and prosper. Some experts warned the tensions could spiral out of control. If President Poroshenko knowing he has elections coming up, if he thinks he will be very popular to retaliate, then one thing could lead to another and we could have a major war on her hands.
Coffey said, in the current situation, everyone needs to remember it was Russia that invaded Ukraine in 2014 and it is Russia that occupies Crimea. He called for a strong response from President Donald Trump.
Cindy Saine VOA News, the State Department.
1. We know that Russia is, is at fault here. We know that they’re still holding Ukrainians essentially as hostages
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2. The sentence has angered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
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这次判决惹火了乌克兰总统佩彼得·波罗申科 。后者和越来越多的欧洲领导人呼吁西方对俄罗斯进行另外的制裁 。美国国务院发言人希瑟·诺尔特也谴责了俄罗斯政府的行为 。这次事件升级，十分危险，只因俄罗斯一直在对乌克兰采取侵犯性的行为 。美国依然支持乌克兰的领土主权 。国务卿和总统跟乌克兰政府一直保持着固若金汤的关系，尤其是跟总统波罗申科 。
诺尔特表示，国务卿迈克·蓬佩奥正赶往布鲁塞尔参加下周的北约会议 。她还说，乌克兰很有可能成为重要话题 。她呼吁欧洲加大力度帮助乌克兰 。很多外交政策的专家也谴责俄罗斯让紧张局势升温 。
我们都知道这个问题是俄罗斯的问题 。我们也知道俄罗斯依然将乌克兰人作为人质，这是任何一个现代文明国度都无法容忍的事情 。Surotchak表示，俄罗斯过去5年来一直试图破坏乌克兰的稳定 。俄罗斯试图将乌克兰作为另一个例子，证明乌克兰无法保护自己的疆界，是非法政府，按照俄罗斯政府的说辞，他们可以证明乌克兰就算是一个民主的国家，也不准繁荣发展 。一些专家警示称，剑拔弩张的局势可能最后会失控 。如果波罗申科总统知道选举将近，如果波罗申科总统认为报复俄罗斯有助于自己连任的话，那么就会形成连锁效应 。是否发生星球大战，将取决于波罗申科总统 。
科菲表示，目前这个形势下，每个人都需要记住：是俄罗斯2014年入侵了乌克兰，是俄罗斯占领了乌克兰国土 。科菲呼吁特朗普总统采取强硬的回应 。