Kyiv and Brussels demand from Moscow to provide the unhindered and free passage of ships to the Sea of Azov and out of it, as Ukrayinska Pravda reported, citing the joint statement on the results of the sixth session of EU-Ukraine Association Council.
"The EU confirmed its policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, particularly, by the restrictive measures. The Association Council has urged Russia to provide the unhindered and free passage of ships to the Sea of Azov and out of it in accordance with the international law," the message reads.
The EU reminded on its increased support aiming for the reduction of the consequences of the destabilizing actions of Russia in the Sea of Azov, particularly, the opening of the EU office in Mariupol and support of local economic diversification.
“Both sides welcomed the International investment conference in Mariupol in October 2019, dedicated to the further development of the Azov region and agreed to continue to hold its further activity,” the statement says.
Earlier, a helicopter of Naval Air Service of Ukraine detected the vessel of the coast guard of the Russian FSB in the Pryazovya area during the operation in the counteraction Russian special services. It was in a distance of about ten nautical miles.