Next week, NATO Parliamentary delegation led by former Latvian Defence Minister will come to Kyiv, as Sergiy Polik, the Advisor of Ukraine’s Prime Minister on international affairs, said on air of 112 Ukraine.
“We will talk about Azov, which is a priority for us. NATO’s role has to be key as the EU’s. These are our partners, they have to understand the threat Russia poses on the eastern flank of NATO, which united Ukraine protects,” Polik stressed.
Earlier, NDSC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov stated that Ukraine would expand its military presence in Azov Sea to react to Russia’s “possible aggression”.
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.