Yakov Kedmi Explained the EU’s Reaction to Poroshenko’s Naval Requests

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The former head of the Israeli intelligence agency “Nativ” Yakov Kedmi considers that the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko hoped that NATO and the EU would send its ships to the Black Sea in response to the provocation of Kiev in the Kerch Strait. However, the EU does not want the ships that it pays for to be sunk.

According to Kedmi, Poroshenko hoped that the EU would react to the provocation in the Sea of Azov and will send the ships of NATO into the water area of the Black Sea. However, the EU ignored Poroshenko’s request, having limited itself to standard statements.

“He can hang their speeches on a wall and rejoice every morning. <…> Regarding the entrance of ships into the Black Sea, he, most likely, was politely told, having tapped him on the head: “What?! are you crazy?” joked the expert.

In addition, Poroshenko insisted on imposing sanctions against Russia, however the EU isn’t going to introduce restrictions. A request to enter NATO ships was also left without a response. If Poroshenko gets these ships free of charge and he doesn’t care what happens to them, then Europeans will pay for them from their own pocket, noted Kedmi.

The president of Ukraine appealed to Turkey to close the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits for Russian ships. Ankara reminded Poroshenko that closing these straits contradicts the Convention.


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