Nikki Haley at UN condemns Russian attack, seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels; ‘outrageous violation’

Nikki Haley at UN condemns Russian attack, seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels; ‘outrageous violation’
Russian patrol craft (left) approaches Ukrainian harbor tug in the Sea of Azov, 25 Nov 2018. Video via Twitter

[Ed. – She’s right, although there are issues here that make it a complicated policy question. What the U.S. response should be is neither obvious nor the complacent tag line of a moral fable. Not sure how many Russians there are left to impose sanctions on; there is no justifiable resort to force. More on this later.]

Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels near Crimea is an “outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory,” says U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, calling it “another reckless Russian escalation” in a deadly and years-long conflict.

“In the name of international peace and security, Russia must immediately cease its unlawful conduct and respect the navigational rights and freedoms of all states,” Haley said, speaking at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council late Monday morning.

Haley said she was speaking for “the highest level at the American government,” after consulting with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Haley spoke one day after Russian warships fired upon the Ukrainian navy ships Berdyansk and Nikopol and the tug boat Yana Kapu — ramming at least one vessel and wounding several crew members on Sunday, Ukraine says.

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