Ukraine checks information on Russian exports of coal from occupied Donbas to Turkey

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian side mixes the coal mined in the occupied areas of Donbas with that produced in Russia, which makes it much harder to check its origins, - Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin
22:32, 25 October 2018

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Ukraine's law enforcers check the information about Russia's export activity concerning the Donbas-mined coal stocks to Turkey. Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine said that at a briefing after the security forum in Lviv, western Ukraine.

'We have information about the Russian side's manipulation with the coal from the occupied territories that they mix with the Russian coal so that we cannot find it out using a chemical check. Then, the coal comes to Turkey. The investigation is underway. By the way, we have reasons to suspect that the same kind of coal reached Poland. It's not so easy to detect, but we've got to do it step by step so that there are no manipulations like this one', he said.   

Klimkin also rebuked the information about Turkish vessels entering the seaports in Crimea - in spite of the fact that Ankara does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. 'Officially, they do not enter. On the record, none of these vessels enter the occupied Crimea. There were certain attempts to organize the ferry connection, but there isn't any now. There were cases of manipulation when these vessels entered (the Crimean ports, - 112 International) with their GPS transmitters off. We track them down and inform the Turkish side on every such case... So there is no official connection', the minister said.

Earlier, the media reported that the Turkish side also looked into the deals of coal purchase, as local companies bought the anthracite coal from the occupied areas of Donbas.

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