The US state Department has accused Russia of persecuting Ukrainian ships in the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait and the violation of international norms. Earlier, Kiev has accused Moscow of illegal attempts to stop ships in Ukrainian ports
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The US state Department has accused Russia in violation of international law due to the delay of the Ukrainian ships in the Azov sea and Kerch Strait. The corresponding statement was made official representative of the Ministry Heather Nauert, according to Reuters.
“We call on Russia to stop to prevent international navigation in the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait,” — said Neuert.
According to her, Russia has not allowed at least 16 ships to reach ports in Ukraine.
“Russia’s actions to curb marine transit are another example of the continuing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as an example of how it ignores international norms”, — is spoken in the statement a press-the Secretary of the Department Heather Nauert.
Kiev accuses Moscow of blocking of vessels, which is followed in the ports of Ukraine through the Kerch Strait, which ships idle, and their owners suffer losses.
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In early July, the Ministry of infrastructure of Ukraine has declared intention to address in Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia with the protest because of the unreasonable inspections of Ukrainian courts. In total, according to the state border service of Ukraine Russian border guards detained about 150 vessels. In mid-July, Poroshenko has promised that Ukraine will deal with searches and arrests. In Kiev is also considering the option to appeal to the UN security Council and to NATO with a request to provide escort for ships in Azov sea, said the Deputy Minister on the issues of the temporarily occupied territories Georgy Tuka.
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Relations between Russia and Ukraine escalated in March 2018, when the Ukrainian frontier guards detained in the sea of Azov fishing boat “Nord”, coming under the Russian flag. The ship’s captain was taken into custody, accusing him of violating the procedure of entry “on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it with the purpose of causing harm to the interests of the state.” He was later released on personal recognizance to appear before the investigator on demand. Administrative proceedings against the crew were closed only on 29 August, as evidence of guilt of the sailors was not found.
According to the current Russian-Ukrainian contract 2003 the sea of Azov is internal waters of both countries, so both Russian and Ukrainian border guards have the right to search foreign ships. In early July, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine submitted a proposal for the denunciation of this agreement.