If the Russian Federation continues its aggressive activity in the Sea of Azov, it will suffer the influence of sanctions from the European Union. Serhii Popyk, the Adviser to the Ukrainian Prime Minister for International Affairs claimed this on the air of 112 Ukraine.
‘I am sure that the document adopted by the European Parliament is extremely important, not only for Ukraine but also for the security situation in our region and is essential to resolve the issues we have in relations with Russia. Because a serious document was adopted at the highest European level, which clearly shows that one of the sides, in particular, Russia seriously violates everything that is possible to violate in terms of international obligations,’ the diplomat noted.
Popyk noted that the adopted resolution is a serious political signal for the Russian side, which tells the Kremlin to ‘stop’.
‘If the actions committed in the Sea of Azov are continued, it means the obstruction of shipping, unreasonable departures, constant provocations, deployment of military vessels in the sea bay. The next measures we take are serious economic and political sanctions that Russia will experience. This is why we need to consider this resolution as a caution made in the delicate form,’ the Adviser to the Ukrainian Prime Minister for International Affairs added.
It should be noted that the Russian activity in the Sea of Azov increased over the last three months. Russians do not allow the trade vessels heading to and emerging from the Ukrainian ports to freely pass through the Kerch Strait. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko commissioned the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the HQ of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to take measures to stop the Russian provocations in relation to blocking the entry of vessels into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine developed a set of measures in response to Russia's actionsm which includes the limit of passenger traffic with Russia.