Putin down­plays Ukraine sea dis­pute

StarMetro Edmonton - - CANADA & WORLD - Neil MacFarquhar

MOSCOW—Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Wed­nes­day dis­missed the mar­itime clash be­tween Rus­sia and Ukraine as a crim­i­nal in­ci­dent rather than the open­ing of a new front in the long-run­ning con­flict be­tween the two coun­tries, while a Rus­sian court on the dis­puted Crimean penin­sula sent a sec­ond group of cap­tured Ukrainian sailors to jail.

“This is a bor­der in­ci­dent, noth­ing more,” Putin told an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness fo­rum in Moscow.

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