In the interview to Bild, President Petro Poroshenko expressed hope that NATO nations would help ensure security of navigation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov after the aggressive Russian attack on Ukrainian sailors.
"Germany is one of our closest allies, and we hope that NATO countries are willing to send ships to the Sea of Azov to help Ukraine. Putin wants to annex the Sea of Azov. The only language he understands is the unity of the western world. We simply cannot accept this aggressive policy, originally there was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now the Sea of Azov. Germany also has to ask itself: what will Putin want after if we do not stop him?" Petro Poroshenko noted.
"The world needs to speak in one voice, and we must immediately impose additional sanctions in conditions of possible Russian aggression. Putin must immediately release our soldiers and simultaneously open the sea for the passage of international vessels," the President stressed and noted that among the ships that cannot freely navigate were not only Ukrainian, but also German vessels.