German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R) attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 18, 2019. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS
MOSCOW (Reuters) – It is widely acknowledged that ships can pass through the Kerch Strait – a body of water shared between Russia and Ukraine – is now free, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday.
“The Kerch Strait is currently free – that’s what everyone involved says,” Maas said during a visit to Moscow.
Ukraine imposed martial law in November, citing the threat of a full-scale invasion after Russia captured three of its vessels in the Kerch Strait.
Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin