At the international security conference “The Odessa Debate: Uniting Ukraine, the Black Sea Region and the Transatlantic Partners” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced that the Black Sea "will never belong to the Russian regime" and that it would become a “Bermuda Triangle for Russia,” Interfax quotes Klimkin as sayinng.
“We will definitely reclaim the Crimea. To do this, we must have a strong economy and security... The possibility is only in complex opposition to Russia. It cannot be only economic, military or information opposition. We must do this together,” explained Klimkin.
“Russia interferes with our freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. All that we are doing and must do is to focus on the release of our war prisoners, as well as other political prisoners and hostages,” the Minister emphasized.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that it was necessary to increase the presence of NATO military ships in the Black Sea due to Russia's actions in the Black and Azov Seas and the seizure of Ukrainian Navy ships and sailors.
Ambassadors of the European Union agreed to impose additional sanctions against Russian citizens involved in the Kerch Strait attach against Ukraine. Accounts of eight people will be frozen and they will be banned from entering the EU because of their involvement in the seizure of the Ukrainian military off the Crimean coast in November 2018.