The authorities of annexed Crimea controlled by Kremlin plan to renew a ferry service between the peninsula and Turkey. Oleksy Volkov, the Director-General of the state enterprise "Crimean sea ports" claimed this as TASS reported.
"We held the meeting with the shipping clerks, ship owners concerning the beginning of the direct auto-ferry line Turkey – Crimea – Turkey, I think, we will launch it in autumn," Volkov noted.
He added that the ferry line will be used for the supply of the vegetables and fruit from Turkey and meat from Crimea. According to Volkov, it is supposed that the ferry can aim to Turkey from Kerch port, which is nearest to the bridge across the Kerch Strait.
Volkov also noted that the passenger sea service with Turkey can be launched in 2019.
Earlier it was reported that in October 2017, the Turkish authorities made a decision to not accept the ships from the Crimean ports. The ban concerns the ship with any flag.
The sea ports situated at the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, Yalta) are closed on the basis of the order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and order of the Infrastructure Ministry.
The entrance of the ships with the foreign flags into the closed ports and terminals situated in Crimea will be considered as the violation of the norms of the international law and as actions that disrupt the sovereignty of Ukraine, violation of the Ukrainian legislation and the ship owners, captains and operators can be prosecuted for this.