Russia will not allow the NATO vessels to enter the Sea of Azov for the participation in the joint drills with Ukraine. Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, claimed this as Interfax reported.
"Now Ukraine wants to hold the NATO drills in the Sea of Azov but it will be impossible to enter it as our treaty with Ukraine demands mutual agreement for the passage of the military vessels to the sea," he said.
According to Russia's Foreign Minister, the actions of NATO near the Russian border are provocative.
"The build-up of the weapon near our borders, the determination to the modernization of the transport infrastructure in Europe in order to alleviate the way for American heavy weaponry and possibly weaponry of other NATO countries – really provocative drills are not our joint drills with China among Siberia but drills in Ukraine, Georgiaб and in the Black Sea," Lavrov noted.
He also claimed that Russia closely follows the intentions of the U.S. to deploy its division at the territory of Poland on the regular basis and according to Lavrov it is a violation of the NATO–Russia Founding Act.
"All the NATO drills that take place in the Baltic States, Poland, Romania, other countries; the deployment of the military contingent of Germany, Canada, UK and, well, in France, Baltic States, Poland… the idea of our Polish colleagues to invite the American division to its territory will be the direct violation of the NATO–Russia Founding Act that bans the deployment of the significant military forces on the regular basis at the territories of NATO countries from East and Central Europe – these are very interesting processes," he said.
Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko informed that Ukraine is preparing to resist Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov.
October 12, President Petro Poroshenko introduced a partially secret decision of the Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to protect the interests of Ukraine in the south and east, as well as in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, and in the Kerch Strait.
Earlier, NSDC Secretary Olexandr Turchynov said that Ukraine would continue to expand its military presence in the Sea of Azov to repel "possible aggression" on the part of the Russian Federation. In particular, a shipboat group has already been created, and plans include the creation of a naval base on the Sea of Azov by the end of 2018.
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Sea of Azov has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance.
Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, President Poroshenko entrusted the Defence Minister, the Head of the General Staff, and Command of Ukraine’s Naval Forces to take measures to stop Russian provocations concerning the blockade of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.