Kerch Strait should be considered international one, - Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry

18:14, 28 May 2019

Ukraine aims to change the official status of the Kerch Strait, making in international. Olena Zerkal, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine said that in an interview.  According to her, Russia's position about it having an exclusive right to control the maritime traffic in this area made Ukraine turn to the UN.

On the other hand, the official said Ukraine would not terminate the 2003 Ukraine-Russia agreement on cooperation in the use of Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. This document is quite instrumental in the international courts, Zerkal added.

Recently, Ukraine won the lawsuit against Russia, as the Un International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea obliged Russia to release 24 Ukrainian sailors; they were captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. However, the Kremlin denied to live up to that decision.