U.S. considers Russian presence in the Sea of Azov as provocative and aggressive step

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Volker, Washington is very concerned about it
15:09, 15 September 2018

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The USA considers the presence of Russian military in the Sea of Azov as an aggressive and provocative step. In particular, Kurt Volker, Special Representative of the United States Department of State for Ukraine claimed this at the briefing Yalta European Strategy, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine 

Related: Ukraine states on provocations from Russian side in the Sea of Azov

'We are very concerned because of this. We assume that it can infringe upon those water territories. We understand that it can be very provocative and aggressive step,' he said.  

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko assumed that Russia wants to occupy the Sea of Azov just as occupied Crimea.  

According to the Head of Ukrainian State, Kyiv won't allow it - Ukraine is ready to resolve the conflict over the Sea of Azov in the International Permanent Court of Arbitration. 

Related: Ukraine increases military presence in Azov region

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. 

Ukraine also advocates the imposition of sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports due to the blockade of the Sea of Azov. 

Related: Russia harasses international shipping through Sea of Azov, Kerch Strait, - US Department of State

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