Ukraine needs to respond to the illegal actions of Russia in the Sea of Azov regarding detentions to inspect the ships that go to and from the ports of Ukraine, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Yury Lavrenyuk stated during a meeting in the Cabinet of Ministers.
So, to date, Russian border guards have detained 148 vessels in the Sea of Azov.
“Every day the Administration of seaports of Ukraine records the detentions of vessels for inspection, heading to / from the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk by the Russian special services. All data are transferred by the Ministry of Infrastructure to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We receive numerous complaints from ship captains, agents working in the Berdyansk and Mariupol ports, port administrations and People's Deputies regarding a groundless increase in the number of detentions of vessels. Things can't go on like this. It is necessary to form a unified position regarding the further actions of Ukraine in the shortest possible time in response to the illegal actions of the Russian Federation," Lavrenyuk's press service quotes the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Border Service, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the State Service for Transport Security, the Administration of Seaports of Ukraine, the Marine Search and Rescue Service, and "Maidan of Foreign Affairs".
“As a result of the meeting, the participants developed a plan of action and adopted a number of joint decisions.”
Earlier, the former Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Serhiy Hayduk said that Russia dictates the rules of the game in the basin of the Sea of Azov, while neglecting international rules. He noted that Moscow ignored the Charter of the international maritime organization and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.