The crisis in Azov Sea is the subject of particular attention, as Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius claimed during the meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal.
It is noted that the sides stated the necessity to strengthen the sanctions against the Russian Federation, particularly, in the context of the construction of Kerch Strait Bridge.
"The escalation of the situation in the waters of the Azov Sea in the results of Russia's actions is the subject of particular attention of the EU," Skusevičius noted.
He also confirmed the readiness of official Vilnius to assist the promotion of priorities of the Eurointegration of Ukraine and maintenance of the greater attention to EU initiative "Eastern Partnership".
"The common position of Ukraine and Lithuania on the danger of the political project of Russia "Nord Stream 2" for the energy security of the EU countries was confirmed as well as the commitment over the continuation of the efforts on the blocking of its implementation," the message said.
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Azov Sea has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance. In this regard, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations with regard to blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has developed a set of measures in response to Russia's actions. At the same time, it was reported that the package of measures includes, among other things, restrictions on passenger traffic with Russia.
Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, 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.
Ukraine also supports the imposition of sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports due to the blockade of the Sea of Azov.