Russia reacts at Kyiv's claim on Ukrainian Navy in Kerch Strait

Source : 112 Ukraine

Once more, the Ukrainian vessels were accused of provocations and demanded to fulfill a number of conditions for crossing the strait
19:32, 7 December 2018
Conflict in Sea of Azov

Russia’s State Duma Deputy Dmytro Belik commented on the claim of Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak that the Ukrainian Navy would continue using the Kerch Strait, as RT reports.

‘No one added the Ukrainian ships to the blacklist regarding the Kerch Strait. There are rules the same for everyone. And no one will make an exception for the Ukrainian Navy. At the same time, we see how the Kyiv authority locked the sea, having made out a taboo for themselves. They created a problem and intended to solve it. I don’t understand what these difficulties are for,’ he claimed and accused the Ukrainian Navy of wanting to get “special treatment”.

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The Deputy has also voiced Russia’s demands on the Ukrainian vessels.

‘They must go under the Crimean Bridge with covered weapons, with automatic firing stations turned off, to obey the orders of the Russian convoy and go strictly follow the direction set for them,’ he claimed.

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.  

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 ‘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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