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Stopping Kremlin Aggression in the Sea of Azov
December 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm EST
Please join the Atlantic Council for an event entitled Stopping Kremlin Aggression in the Sea of Azov on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005).A light lunch will be available starting at 12:00 p.m.
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue to escalate as both countries have accused each other of aggressive actions after a collision between a Ukrainian Navy tugboat and a Russian Coast Guard vessel. In statements posted to Facebook, the Ukrainian Navy claimed that three of its ships were carrying out a planned relocation from Odessa to the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol when Russian vessels intercepted them. The Ukrainian tugboat was hit, resulting in damage to the ship’s engine and hull. All three vessels have now been seized by Russia. This clash follows months of rising tensions since April, when the Russian navy began to “inspect” ships going to and from Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
At this event, we will host a panel discussion, which will explore the Kremlin’s current strategy in the Sea of Azov, the view from NATO, the current military situation, how Europe views the situation or why the United States is still essential in this discussion, and what the potential policy responses should be.
We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.