Russia detains 148 ships in Azov Sea for inspection, - Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

It was noted that the number of the vessels detained for the inspection grows every day
18:59, 16 July 2018

There are 148 vessels detained for the inspection by Russia in the Azov Sea. Yury Lavrenyuk, the Deputy Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine claimed this as the press service of the ministry reported.

Lavrenyuk noted that the number of the vessels detained for the inspection grows every day and it makes 148 ships at the moment.

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“Every day the Sea Ports Administration of Ukraine spots the detention of the vessels aiming from or to ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk for the inspection by the Special Services of the Russian Federation,” he claimed.

He also noted that the data is passed by the Infrastructure Ministry to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

“We receive numerous complaints from the vessels’’ captains, agents who work in Berdiansk and Mariupol ports, ports’ administrations and MPs toward the groundless increase of the delaying of the ships. It cannot go on like this. It is necessary to form the united position toward the further actions of Ukraine in the response to the illegal actions of the Russian Federation as soon as possible,” Lavrenyuk concluded.

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It is noted that the members worked out the actions plan and made a number of the joint decisions on the result of the meeting.

The Infrastructure Ministry is concerned by the fact that the special services of Russia significantly increased the number of the vessel’s inspections since the end of April regardless of the flag of it.

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As it was reported earlier, the Naval Forces of Ukraine state the tense situation in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov. The Commander of Navy Ihor Voronchenko stressed that it was about ignoring the norms of international maritime law by the Russian Federation, as well as the continuing annexation of Ukrainian economic zone in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, "especially in the Sea of Azov," as he said.

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