The command of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is considering the question of ensuring the safety of navigation in the northeastern part of the Black Sea, in particular, the permanent presence of naval forces and equipment in this area, in addition to the border guards sea, a Crimean security source said on Tuesday.
On March 26, Ukrainian border guards detained the Russian ship Nord, alleging that its crew had violated the maritime border. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires the Ukrainian side to return the captured vessel, which is in the Ukrainian port of Berdyansk, and to release the crew.
“The threat of state piracy in Ukraine has already arisen: if the appropriate order is received, the Black Sea fleet, including its aviation, will begin to guarantee the safety of Russian navigation, that is, it will be present in the north-eastern part of the country. the Black Sea and in the area of the Azov basin “said the source.
The aggressive actions of the Ukrainian border guards in international waters represent not only the risk of seizure of Russian ships but also the formation of piracy at the state level, the source said.
Meanwhile, the first deputy chairman of the defense committee of the Russian upper house said earlier that statements by the United States that Russia is supposedly increasing its military presence in the Black Sea are “direct lies”, adding that the “number of accusations against Russia from the USA UU to divert attention from the military accumulation of the United States in the region.
The statement came after US media reported that, according to a US military official. UU., The US Navy. UU He was increasing his presence in the Black Sea in an attempt to resist the buildup of Russian armed forces in the area.