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Russia harasses international shipping through Sea of Azov, Kerch Strait, - US Department of State

The press statement was released on the issue, as Washington protested against Russia's actions in the area
09:19, 31 August 2018

Radio Liberty

The White House is concerned about Russia's activities in the Sea of Azov. Heather Nauert, the spokesperson of the US Department of the State claimed that in the recent statement. It is released through the official website of the authority.

'The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports.

Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as its disregard for international norms.

The United States supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters.

We call on Russia to cease its harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait', reads the statement.

Related: Ukraine to bring up issue of Russia's actions in Sea of Azov

Earlier, Ukraine's foreign ministry stated it was not going of the treaty on the Azov Sea with Russia. Olena Zerkal, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine claimed this as ministry’s Twitter reported.

“The denunciation of the treaty on the Azov Sea with Russia is out of question as it will allow Russia to proclaim the territorial dispute. For us it is the security issue, so we use the available tools to settle this issue,” Zerkal noted.

Related: Situation in Azov Sea: This is not violation of law, but its abuse

Earlier, Sergiy Hayduk, the former commander of the Naval forces and the vice-admiral, suggested setting a mine barrier in the Sea of Azov to secure Ukraine against Russia’s possible attack.

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, during one of his speeches said that he did not exclude the fact that Russia is preparing an attack at Mariupol. Besides, as of July 15, Russian had detained 148 vessels in the Sea of Azov for inspection.

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