Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko by his decree enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on protecting Ukraine's interests in the south and the east, as well as in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. The text of the decree was published by the press service of the head of state.
"To put into force the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine dated October 12, 2018,"On Urgent Measures to Protect National Interests in the South and East of Ukraine, in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait," the document says.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov will control the implementation of the decree, which will take effect from the day of its publication.
As it was reported earlier, members of the European Parliament will consider the situation in the Sea of Azov at the plenary session of the European Parliament on October 23.
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.