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The error, which caused jokes on social networks, was published for 12 hours in an article shared on the official site of the Atlantic Alliance until it was corrected.
Paul Beckley, maritime expert of NATO, said in an article dedicated to the importance of the protection of free access to the seas that one of the places that must be defended by the Atlantic Alliance is the non-existent “sea of Asimov”. The error was subsequently corrected.
“Recent events in the Persian Gulf and the Asimov Sea have demonstrated the need for naval and NATO forces to be able to find and destroy mines,” the text, published on the official site of the NATO. However, the author does not specify what these events were, nor where that sea is located .
A Twitter user joked that Beckley might have Isaac Asimov’s book ‘The collapse of the universe: the history of black holes’ in mind, where that sea of fiction could be located. “NATO intends to protect distant worlds in other dimensions,” wrote the Internet user.
The error remained on the web for more than 12 hours until the term was changed to that of the Azov Sea , a European inland sea located between Russia and Ukraine.
In the article, Paul Beckley talks about security problems in international waters and highlights the importance of free access to the seas for the economies, infrastructure and lifestyle of nations.
When talking about events in the Azov Sea, Beckley was probably referring to the events that occurred there on November 25, when three ships of the Ukrainian Navy, in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law del Mar, illegally crossed the Russian state border in the direction of the Kerch Strait. The ships performed dangerous maneuvers and refused to obey the requirements of Russian border guards.
Given this refusal of the Ukrainian ships, they were arrested and their crews arrested on charges of committing a crime typified in section 3 of article 322 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal crossing of the state border).