The United States condemns Russia's aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov. This was said in a joint statement of the Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission, published on the Ukrainian Embassy website.
"The United States condemned Russia's aggressive actions against international sea carriers moving along the Black and Azov Seas and through the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports. Both sides stressed that Russia's aggressive activities in the Sea of Azov created new security issues, economic, social and environmental threats to the whole Azov-Black Sea region ", said in a statement.
As previously reported, Ukraine has arrested 15 vessels that have entered the ports of annexed Crimea. In response, Franz Klintsevich, a member of the Committee on Defense and Security of the Russian Federation, said that Russia could block the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian vessel. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine is ready to respond to threats not only in the Azov Sea, but also in other directions.
We recall that in recent months, Russia's activity in the Sea of Azov has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow merchant ships leave Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance. In this regard, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of General Staff and the command of the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations regarding blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.