Russia threatens to 'shut down' Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian vessel

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian side commented on the recent arrest of 15 ships that entered ports of the annexed Crimea
09:28, 16 November 2018

112 Agency

Russia seems to be outraged due to the recent detention of ships that entered the seaports of the annexed Crimea. Franz Klintsevich, the member of the Russian parliamentary committee for defense posted this on Facebook.

'This is clearly over the top, out of sight. It doesn't matter if it's about the Russian vessels or those from the foreign states, as all entered the ports of Crimea on a totally legal basis', Klintsevich reported.

According to him, Ukraine 'pushes Russia towards sharp responsive actions'.

'Yes, we can shut down the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian vessel. And I don't rule out that such actions may follow. At bottom, Ukraine breaks the agreement of the Sea of Azov, and it will be the only one to suffer', Klintsevich wrote. 

Previously, Ukraine arrested 15 ships that entered ports of the annexed Crimea. This is due to the Ukrainian law that claims the ports of Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosiya, Yalta) closed. The respective legislative acts were approved in April and June 2014.

Thus, any vessel that enters the closed seaports and terminals in the occupied Crimea breach the Ukrainian and the international law. Such action is considered an undermining of Ukraine's sovereignty and results in responsibility for the vessel's owner, operator and the crew.

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