Russian Foreign Ministry expressed a “strong protest” against the Ukrainian colleagues and threatened to “firmly stop” Ukraine’s actions in the Sea of Azov, as the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
“We would like to warn the Ukrainian side that the actions aimed to provoke the conflict with Russia, which is conducted by Kyiv along with the U.S. and EU in Azov and Black seas waters, might lead to serious consequences. Russian Federation will firmly stop any attacks at its sovereignty and security,” the message says.
Russian diplomats have accused Ukraine’s Navy of a “severe violation of the regulations of an innocent passage in Russian territorial sea.” Besides, the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry called the possible introduction of the martial law in Ukraine “odious.”
In addition, Ukraine was urged to provide security of Russia’s diplomatic institutions.
As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message.
It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost.
The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law.