5 Apr 2019 13:16

Ukraine and NATO won't ask for Russia's opinion on their Black Sea presence - Klimkin

KYIV. April 5 (Interfax) - Ukraine and NATO will take joint measures to bolster their military presence in the Black Sea and monitor freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait regardless of Russia's opinion, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

"NATO won't be asking Russia what we can do together and what we are able to do in the Black Sea. We will simply do it. No one will be asking or telling what is possible and what is not... No one will be asking [for permission] to conduct monitoring at sea, from the air and from space, to strengthen our military presence or hold exercises," Klimkin told reporters in Kyiv on Friday.