KIEV, Ukraine | The Latest: NATO says has strong presence in Black Sea area

29Nov - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



KIEV, Ukraine— The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):

2:05 p.m.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she’s not backing off plans for a joint pipeline with Russia, but is pledging to ensure Ukraine remains a transit country for Russian natural gas.

Her comments follow the seizure of Ukrainian ships by Russia on Sunday which has prompted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to argue for further pressure being put on Moscow.

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