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Russian Security Service accompanies two Ukrainian vessels in Crimean area

It is noted that Ukrainian vessels haven’t crossed the Russian border
08:32, 23 September 2018

Tass.ru

Two vessels of the Ukrainian Naval Forces entered the exclusive economic zone of Russia in Crimean area, in this connection, the Coast Guard ships of the Border Service of Russian Federal Security Service (FSS) accompany them. The Border Department of Russian FSS in Crimea reported, according to TASS. 

‘The vessels are sailing in the area of the southern shore of Crimea in the Black Sea towards the Kerch Strait beyond the bounds of twelve-mile zone from the shore, which belongs to the territorial waters of Russia. The border isn’t crossed. Although, there is an exclusive economic zone beyond this zone, which may extend up to 200 miles from the shore,’ reads the message. 

Related: Since April, Russia detained 120 EU vessels in Sea of Azov

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.  

In this regard, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko commissioned the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the Commandment of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to take measures to stop Russian provocations in relation to blocking the entry of vessels into Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine developed a set of measures in response to Russia's actions. The set of measures includes the limit of passenger traffic with Russia. 

Related: NATO vessels enter Odesa port

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