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Kiev’s provocative actions in the Sea of Azov are aimed at destabilizing and escalating tensions, RT told the State Duma. Recently, Ukraine has detained 15 vessels for “illegal” calls to the ports of Crimea, while in the State Border Service of the country are watching about 940 “vessels-violators”. The Council of Federation of the Russian Federation stressed that the steps of Kiev are “obvious lawlessness” and Ukraine should be ready for retaliatory measures from Moscow.
On Thursday, November 15, in the State Border Service of Ukraine announced the detention of 15 vessels for calls to the Crimean ports. At the same time, “in sight of the border guards” there are about 940 “vessels-violators”, most of which serve the work of ports in the Crimea.
“In general, 15 ships were detained and are in the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. Some of them have been arrested, in the other part, the relevant courts continue, ”the State Border Service of Ukraine reported.
Moscow has already expressed outrage at the position of Kiev. Thus, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense, Alexander Sherin, in a conversation with RT, stressed that the Ukrainian provocation is aimed at destabilizing and developing a tense situation. “Ukraine would not have been able to afford that if there was no corresponding order from the United States for this. Kiev at the moment behaves like Archduke Ferdinand, who is trying to do everything to stand up for him, ”said Sherin.
At the same time, the deputy drew attention to the fact that these courts have “absolutely nothing to do with any territorial claims”.
“They are simply engaged in trade and business. The European Union and the entire world community should be on their side, because we are talking about merchant courts, and not military courts. Ukraine performs acts of piracy by and large, ”the first deputy chairman of the defence committee of the State Duma concluded.
In turn, the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the Crimea Ruslan Balbek pointed out that the international community does not notice the aggressive behaviour of Ukraine. According to him, attempts to appeal to the world community – “this is a cry into the well.”
“Either we“ cut off nuts completely ”in relations with Ukraine at sea and arrest them, after which we escort to the Russian port any Ukrainian vessel that violates our laws regarding territorial waters and the economic zone even one iota. Either we take the Ukrainian slaps for granted and humbly tolerate such antics, ”RIA Novosti quotes Balbek. In response to such actions of Kiev, Russia may block the Sea of Azov for all Ukrainian swimming facilities. This was stated by a member of the Federation Council Committee on Defense Franz Klintsevich.
“We are literally being pushed into harsh retaliatory actions … In fact, Ukraine itself really breaks the agreement on the Sea of Azov, from which only it will suffer,” Klintsevich wrote on Facebook. According to him, the actions of Kiev are “obvious lawlessness” – regardless of whether they are Russian ships or other foreign states since they entered the ports of Crimea completely legitimately.
“Ukraine violates the agreement.”
Kiev by its actions violates not only a bilateral agreement but also international obligations regarding the transport communication by sea, said Denis Denisov, director of the Institute for Peacekeeping Initiatives and Conflictology. He added that decisions made in Ukraine often “contradict common sense” and an objective situation.
“In this regard, the arrests of merchant ships that called at the ports of Crimea are the best indicator of how Ukraine, violating agreements itself, demonstrates that there is such a problem and it will be solved by force. But the Russian side has much more opportunities for asymmetrical and asymmetric influence on such a Ukrainian position, ”said Denisov in a conversation with RT.
Recall that on December 24, 2003, the Russian Federation and Ukraine signed an agreement on the legal status of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. According to the document, they are the internal waters of the two countries, and all emerging issues and disputes are resolved through dialogue.
Ukrainian politicians have repeatedly called for the rupture of this memorandum, but the country’s Foreign Ministry responded that denouncing the treaty would only create new problems.
“Accordingly, if we break the agreement that is in force now and move to the international plane, Russia will declare that from its point of view there will be an absolutely logical 12-mile and 24-mile zone along the Crimean coast (inland waters. – RT)”, – added the Deputy Ukrainian Minister for Uncontrolled Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Georgiy Tuk.
Source: Maritime News of Russia