Varyag ferry made its first direct voyage from Sevastopol to the Turkish Zonguldak in November 2016. The State Duma Deputy from the annexed Crimea Ruslan Balbec wrote this on Facebook.
He noted that Turkey continues not to recognize Crimea as Russian territory, but if before the ferry went from Sevastopol to Novorossiysk, as Turkey did not agree to receive completed documentation from the Crimea. In November for the first time Varyag ferry has made a direct voyage to Zonguldak with documents drawn up in the Crimea.
"The Turkish side accepted the documents and provided all the necessary port services. What is this if not a gap in the sanctions blockade? Turkish official accepts the registration documents, filled in the Crimea (in the territory, which is not recognized by his government), draws up the goods, wishes a happy journey, and local newspaper also wrote an article about how they are happy on the arrival of Crimean vessel. What is it if not a proof that the Crimean-Turkish section of the sanctions defense collapsed?” wrote illegitimately elected MP.
Recall that in October the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed support for Ukraine in the return of the Crimea issue and said that Turkey will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and condemns the violation of the rights of Crimean Tatars.