Russia admits halts of vessels coming to Ukrainian seaports

17:51, 31 August 2018

Russian diplomats admitted that the maritime authorities have been halting the vessels in the Sea of Azov, as they head to Ukrainian seaports. This is mentioned in the message of the Russian diplomatic mission in the U.S.

The Russian side, however, insisted that these vessels are neither detained nor arrested, saying that such measures are merely the regular checks. On the other hand, the Russians charged Ukrainian sailors with piracy, saying the US Department of the State keeps silence about such cases, paying much more attention to the halts performed by the Russian side.

The Russian officials point out that Ukraine arrested Nord and Mekhanik Pogodin, the Russian ships, one of which came from the occupied Crimea, while the other was halted in the seaport of Kherson, southern Ukraine.