Ukraine intends to raise the issue of Russia’s interference in the Ukrainian waters of the Sea of Azov and actions in the occupied Crimea by turning to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Ukraine’s permanent representative in the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said that the next session of this authority is slated for late 2018.
According to the Ukrainian official, this question is already often mentioned in Ukraine’s lawsuits against Russia, when it comes to the UN International Court.
Earlier, Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry reported that it developed the complex of the measures as the response to the actions of Russia on the blocking of the navigation in the Sea of Azov and Black Sea. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure claimed this as 5 TV Channel reported.
"We have a few quite weighty strikes in the response. I hope, the Cabinet of Ministers will support these countermeasures," he claimed. The minister also noted that it is premature to disclose these measures; however, the restriction of the passenger traffic with Russia is one of them.
Earlier, Sergiy Hayduk, the former commander of the Ukrainian Navy and the vice-admiral, suggested setting a mine barrier in the Sea of Azov to secure Ukraine against Russia’s possible attack.
Earlier, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, during one of his speeches said that he did not exclude the fact that Russia is preparing an attack at Mariupol. Besides, as of July 15, Russian had detained 148 vessels in the Sea of Azov for inspection.
Due to this, Poroshenko entrusted the Defence Minister, the Head of the General Staff and Ukraine’s Navy command to take relevant measures to stop the Russian provocations concerning the blockage of the vessels entering to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.