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NATO condemns Russian aggression in Sea of Azov, construction of Kerch Strait Bridge

The respective resolution of NATO Parliamentary Assembly was approved on Sunday, - MP
08:46, 19 November 2018

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The NATO Committee for Civilian Dimension of Security has unanimously passed the resolution of the Alliance's Parliamentary Assembly. The document condemns the Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov and blames the construction of Kerch Strait Bridge. Iryna Fryz, the head of Ukraine's Permanent Office in NATO reported this on Facebook. 

'Condemning the illegal construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge by Russia, and Russia's policy in terms of selective denial and groundless detention of Ukrainian and international vessels in the Sea of Azov, we're deeply concerned about new challenges in terms of security, economy, and environment in the region', the resolution said.

The resolution also insists that the NATO needs to assign funds to weaken the Russian system of area denial weapons (А2/AD), deployed in the Baltic States, Kaliningrad, and the Black Sea region.

In recent months, Russia's activity in the Sea of Azov has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow merchant ships leave 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 General Staff and the command of the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations regarding blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.

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