Putin Accuses Ukraine Leader of Plotting Naval Clash to Boost Ratings

"The Ukrainian vessels had clearly been in the wrong".
Putin Accuses Ukraine Leader of Plotting Naval Clash to Boost Ratings
28 November 13:40 2018 Print This Article

Russian President Vladimir Putin  accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of orchestrating a naval “provocation” in the Black Sea at the weekend in order to boost his popularity ratings before an election next year.

Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews on Sunday over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters, something Ukraine denies.

Putin, speaking at a financial forum in Moscow, said the West was ready to forgive Ukrainian politicians their shortcomings because it bought into the anti-Russian narrative Kiev is promoting. He said the Ukrainian vessels had clearly been in the wrong.

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