"This is serious": MEP comments on escalation in Sea of Azov

Source : 112 Ukraine

European Parliament member Rebecca Harms is convinced that the situation is serious and requires more attention
19:03, 25 November 2018


German politician and member of the European Parliament Rebecca Harms commented on the situation with Russian and Ukrainian warships that has now arisen in the Sea of Azov.

“Escalations in the Sea of Azov are serious and require more of your attention,” she said on Twitter, spreading the news of Russian coast guard ship which rammed tugboat of Ukrainian Navy.

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. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.  

‘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. 

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Russian authorities said that three Ukrainian warships in the Sea of Azov illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to the Kerch Strait. This is particularly stated in the message of the Federal Security Service border guards in Crimea, reports TASS.

"This morning around 07:00 Moscow time, three ships of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, defining the coastal state’s right to ensure security in the maritime territory, crossed the state border of the Russian Federation, wrongly entered in the temporarily closed water area within Russian territorial waters", it is noted in the message.

It also clarifies that the vessel headed to the Kerch Strait, which has a permissive procedure for the movement and anchorage of vessels, in accordance with the schedule of the movement and placement of vessels, approved by the captain of the Russian seaport.

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