Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine on European Integration Olena Zerkal claimed that the denunciation of the Treaty between Ukraine and Russia dated 2003 on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait will not provide additional rights to Ukraine but can lead to a new territorial dispute as Ukrinform reported.
“Concerning the treaty, it consists of five articles. One of them was never implemented, particularly, the delimitation of the Sea of Azov. From the point of view of the additional rights, Ukraine will not get them,” she claimed.
According to Zerkal, the lawsuit of Ukraine against the Russian Federation is based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea despite the fact that the bilateral treaty with Russia existed.
“In my view, this treaty was concluded wrongfully from the point of view of the international maritime convention but the tribunal should give a response and we wait for it next year,” she explained.
On October 25, the European Parliament has approved the resolution, which condemns Russia's aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov.
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Sea of Azov has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance.
Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, President Poroshenko entrusted the Defence Minister, the Head of the General Staff, and Command of Ukraine’s Naval Forces to take measures to stop Russian provocations concerning the blockade of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.