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Russia should fulfill international agreements acting in Azov Sea, - Gribauskaite

Lithuanian president notes that the Sea of Azov is not the Russian territory and the agreements for the international waters act there
15:52, 7 December 2018

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President of Lithuania Dalia Gribauskaite claimed that Russia should fulfill all international agreements on the navigation in the Sea of Azov. She made such statement during the official visit Kyiv and joint briefing with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as 112 Ukraine reported.

“If Russia continues to stir up its hostile actions against Ukraine and the international community, then we want to remind one more time that the Sea of Azov is not the territory of Russia and the international agreements act in this sea. Russia as all others should fulfill the terms of these international agreements,” Gribauskaite claimed.

Related: Russia still impedes passage of ships through Kerch Strait, - Ukraine’s Border Guard Service

She also added that Lithuania can increase the military presence in the Sea of Azov if Russia does not fulfill these agreements.

“If there is a negative response; then we will help, support Ukraine, increasing our military presence. We should provide the navigation in the strait across the Sea of Azov. We should fulfill all agreements acting for the international waters,” the Lithuanian president assured.

Related: Ukraine’s Naval Forces continue to use Kerch Strait for ships’ passage, - Defense Minister

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

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On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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