The Russian Federation violated all international norms, preventing and inhibiting the movement of ships through the Kerch Strait in the Azov sea. This behavior of the aggressor are unacceptable.
This was stated by the Deputy of the German Bundestag faction of the Christian social Union (CSU), member of the parliamentary Committee on foreign Affairs Kristian Schmidt at a meeting with Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European integration Elena serkal.
Ukrainian and German sides discussed development of trade-economic and investment cooperation, which is developing thanks to the free trade regime between Ukraine and the EU.
Zerkal told a German colleague about the aggression of Russia on the Azov and block it for the navigation in the waters of the seas. Schmidt condemned the aggressive actions of the Kremlin, noting the violation of all norms of international law.
He also noted that the subject illegally annexed Crimea relevant, and remains on the agenda in the Bundestag.
The blocking of the Strait of Kerch impact on the Ukrainian ports? Ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk are significant losses due to the blockade of the movement of ships through the Kerch Strait. In this regard, both ports are forced to go on a 4-day working week and reduce staff. In General, due to the Russian aggression and blocking the shipping industry of Ukraine has lost about 10 billion hryvnia.
How Ukraine will react to the aggression of Russia on the Azov? Ukraine together with its partners in the anti-Russian coalition of Azov is preparing a package of sanctions, which was the result of the aggression of the Kremlin in the sea of Azov. While there are some changes, because the delay time of the courts umenshilos from several days to about 15 hours. However, the adoption of these restrictions will severely hit Russia and put her in her place.
What happened in the Kerch Strait?
25 Nov in the Kerch Strait border the Russian ship rammed the RAID tug of the Ukrainian military. It is known that 2 of the Ukrainian military small armored artillery boats and offshore tug went according to plan and in accordance with international standards from the port of Odessa to the port in Mariupol.
However, Russia said that the Ukrainian warships allegedly illegal came in temporarily closed the waters of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation and continued moving to the Kerch Strait.
A group of Ukrainian ships continued on their way to Mariupol. However, when you exit from the Kerch Strait Russian border court opened fire on Ukrainian ship, resulting in 6 Ukrainian sailors were injured. Russia also seized 2 Ukrainian vessel and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors, who were later arrested in the occupied Crimea and taken to Moscow prison.
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