The mission of the U.S. at the OSCE stated that Russia continues to block navigation in the Black and Azov Sea and pointed out the continuing militarization of the Crimea annexed by Russia as Radio Liberty reported citing Representative of the U.S. at the OSCE George Kent.
Kent made such a statement during the speech at the special session at the annual conference on review of the safety in Ukraine on August 31.
He also reminded me about the accumulation of the Russian troops near the border with Ukraine and in Crimea this spring.
“This spring, we become the witness of the largest accumulation of the Russian troops and hardware in occupied Crimea and along the border of Russia with Ukraine after the invasion of Russia in 2014. Russia did not provide any substantial answer to the legal request of Ukraine in accordance with the Vienna document on the provision of extra information about this unusual and provocative military activity. Russia has not provided any rational explanation of its actions,” Kent noted.
Meanwhile, Kent stated that despite the fact that Russia has withdrawn part of its armed forces and hardware from the border with Ukraine and from Crimea, its “military positions remain enhanced”.
As we reported, the European Union blamed Russia for the ongoing militarization of occupied Crimea and limited navigation across the Kerch strait.