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Ukraine prepares draft resolution for UN General Assembly on militarization of Sea of Azov and Black Sea by Russia

The authority's session will take place next month
08:37, 24 November 2018

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Ukraine prepares a draft resolution on the militarization of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea by Russia to consider it at the UN General Assembly in December. Spokesperson of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Kateryna Zelenko claimed that as quoted by Unian news agency. 

‘It is anticipated that this matter won’t be considered within the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly,’ Zelenko claimed.  

Related: Russia accuses Ukraine of militarizing Azov Sea, refuses same charges against it

The United Nations General Assembly has to consider two resolutions in December 2018: violation of human rights in Crimea and the militarization of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. 

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine has arrested 15 vessels, which entered the ports of the annexed Crimea. In response to this, member of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich claimed that Russia could block the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian ship. Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine was ready to react to threats both in the Sea of Azov and other areas. 

Related: Ukraine-Russia agreement on Sea of Azov not to allow inspecting vessels traveling to Ukraine

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: EU intends to take serious measures on situation in Sea of Azov, - Mogherini

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