Mike Pompeo

About it the Secretary of state said after a meeting with the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Sochi.

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called on Russia to release Ukrainian prisoners of war, sailors captured in the Kerch Strait.

He stated following the meeting with the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Interfax reports.

“We want Russia held out his hand to the new Ukrainian government to find a way out. We also call on the Russian government to release the crew members who were captured in the Kerch Strait,” said Pompeo.

We will remind, on November 25, 2018 in the area of the Kerch Strait, Russian security forces illegally seized two Ukrainian boats of Berdyansk and Dnipropetrovsk, as well as RAID tug Kapu Yana EN route to the port of Mariupol. Three Ukrainian sailor was wounded when Russian soldiers opened fire on the boat Berdyansk.

Aboard the Ukrainian ships were carrying 24 military personnel, Navy armed forces of Ukraine. Moscow court arrested the sailors, without the right to bail.