Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council met on Sept.

Moreover, Ukrainian authorities insist on their right to detain any ship traveling to or from Crimea without Kiev's permission.  Ukraine is calling for the imposition of international sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports, due to what it calls the “blockade” of the Sea of Azov.

A threatening Russian bogeyman is needed to explain away the failures.

The country's economy and finances are in the doldrums and corruption is staggering.   None of the problems have been solved and the West is getting tired of Ukraine.

The time is right for Russian and Ukrainian experts and officials to set their differences aside and start talking to find a peaceful solution to this urgent problem. .

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