UN urges Ukraine, Russia to abstain from escalation in Black Sea

Source : 112 Ukraine

UN Secretary General's Spokesman Farhan Haq commented on the recent detention of Russian tanker in Odesa region, southern Ukraine
08:50, 26 July 2019

Black Sea, off the coast
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The United Nations asked Ukraine and Russia to avoid any escalation of tensions in the Black Sea region. Ukrinform news agency reported that Friday, quoting UN Secretary General's Spokesman Farhan Haq.

The official commented on the recent detention of Russian tanker in Odesa region, southern Ukraine.

"We remind that there's a need to abstain from any actions or statements that may provoke the increase of tensions, with full respect for the rights and responsibilities of the parties according to the international law", Haq said.

Related: Seamen detained at Russian tanker in Izmail seaport walk free, - Ukraine’s Security Service

According to the official, the UN saw the media reports about the incident but could not confirm the details of its circumstances yet.

On July 24, NIKA SPIRIT tanker entered Ismail seaport under the Russian flag. It has been already identified as NEYMA tanker, which was used to block Kerch Strait in 2018.

Related: Russian MFA ‘investigates’ detention of Russian tanker by Ukraine’s SBU

SBU group, military prosecutors and border guards completed a search on the tanker to define actual circumstances of the case, seized the documents, logbooks.

Besides, the members of the crew were questioned; documents were seized. 

Later that day, it appeared that the vessel's crew were released; they headed to Moldova, and then back to Russia. The tanker remained in Ukraine for further investigation.


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