Russia Plans To Deploy More S-400 Missiles To Disputed Crimea Peninsula

Russia Plans To Deploy More S-400 Missiles To Disputed Crimea Peninsula

Kerry Wise
November 29, 2018

Vadim Astafyev, a spokesman for Russia's southern military district, was cited by Russian news agencies as saying that a new battalion of S-400 missiles would be delivered to Crimea soon and become operational by the end of the year.

The incident sharply escalated tensions that have been growing between the two countries since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Nine more Ukrainian sailors captured during Sunday's confrontation with Russia in a strait next to Crimea have been sent to jail for two months by a Russian court.

The move came after Russian forces fired on, boarded and captured three of Kiev's ships on Sunday off the coast of Crimea, sparking the most risky crisis between the ex-Soviet neighbours in years.

But in an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said, "Maybe I won't have the meeting".

The Ukrainian parliament on Monday voted in favour of Poroshenko's request for the introduction of martial law in border areas for 30 days.

He told the news agency the new S-400 system for Crimea had undergone successful testing and was ready to be deployed.

According to him, the incident was a provocation by the Ukrainian authorities and, possibly, the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, on the eve of the presidential elections.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, noted that the meeting, which is set for Saturday, has been prepared through official channels and Moscow expects Washington to notify it of any changes in the same way.

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"There is no justification for Russia's use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel", read NATO's joint statement, issued on the evening of November 27.

"Turkey would like to see brother nations Russian Federation and Ukraine side by side, not facing off, when the world is faced with serious threats", he said. Putin said it was a deliberate move by Poroshenko to use as a "pretext" to implement martial law in parts of eastern Ukraine - which was put in place on Wednesday.

She also drew further attention to Nord Stream 2, the $11 billion pipeline to carry Russian natural gas directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine, and said the deal should be "reviewed" as it "helps the Russian government".

Ukraine said their ships - two gunboats and a tugboat - were abiding by maritime law when they tried to pass through the Kerch Strait on the way to one of their ports in the Azov Sea.

Austria, which now holds the rotating European Union presidency, has said the bloc will consider further sanctions against the Kremlin at an upcoming meeting.

"I think the threat of the cancellation may change at least some things with Putin and Russia", Huckabee said.

The rest are expected to face trial on Wednesday, she said, while three others were still in hospital after being wounded in the weekend clash.

He said the decision would depend on his reading of a full report on the situation he was due to receive late Tuesday, and added, "I don't like that aggression".