The Italian government ordered humanitarian ships patrolling the Mediterranean Sea no longer to save migrants trying to get from Africa to Europe, reports The Independent.
At the same time, the publication notes, only at the moment there are about six signals from migrant carriers caught in the sea in a difficult situation.
The Italian authorities emphasize that the vessels were in Libyan territorial waters, and therefore are part of the responsibility of this country. Border guards reported to organizations involved in saving ships with migrants that they would no longer coordinate their actions in the territorial waters of Libya.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on his Twitter account called for the Libyan authorities to deal with these issues and appealed to charities with a demand not to interfere. He repeatedly stressed that, in his opinion, the charitable organizations operating in the Mediterranean ultimately help only traffickers who organize the transfer of migrants to Europe.
As recalls The Independent, previously the vessel Aquarius, on board which was 630 people, was forced to moor in Spain, and the ship Lifelineholding and did stay in the sea, as Salvini stressed that illegal migrants will see his country “only on the postcard.”
Rome threatens to suspend payments to the EU budget unless a new agreement on the redistribution of migrants is adopted. Malta also began closing its ports for migrant-carrying vessels.
The problem of migrants was discussed on June 24 in Brussels, but the countries could not come to a consensus.
Source: Maritime News of Russia