The Members of the European Parliament discussed violations of international law by Russia in the waters of the Azov Sea.
According to representatives of the majority of factions, Russia is fueling a new conflict in Azov, and additional sanctions should be imposed to prevent it.
A MEP from Latvia, Sandra Kalniete, said on behalf of the European People's Party that an attempt to annex the Azov Sea and a partial blockade of Ukrainian ports is a serious challenge that deteriorates the European maritime regime.
She stressed that escalation in the Sea of Azov is much more important than trade and economic issues.
MEP from Lithuania, representative of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Petras Auštrevičius pointed to the need to strengthen the sanctions pressure on Russia because of its aggression in the Sea of Azov.
"The only response to a gross violation of international law is the introduction of additional restrictive measures against the aggressive Kremlin," Auštrevičius said.
Lithuanian politician believes that the European Union should take legal action against European companies, people and even states that cooperate with the Russian regime, violating the sanctions.
German politician, Green Party spokeswoman Rebecca Harms said that the OSCE should extend its monitoring mandate to the Azov Sea.
According to her, the EU and NATO need to deploy warships to the region in order to prevent escalation.
Romanian MEP, representative of the political group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Victor Boshtinaru emphasized that the construction of the Kerch Bridge and the detention of vessels in the Sea of Azov is another attack on the part of the Russian Federation against the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Earlier, Russian government has allocated part of the water area of the Taganrog Bay in the Sea of Azov for the use of the RF Ministry of Defense for a period of 20 years.
Former Navy commander of Ukraine Serhiy Haiduk believes that Russia intends to create its naval base on Azov.
Later, Russia redeployed two ships PSKR-920 Syktyvkar and PSKR-921 Kizlyar of the Coast Guard of the FSB to the Azov Sea in order to increase the number of their surface forces. The ships are armed with artillery mounts, launchers for SAM Igla, depth-charge battery and grenade launchers for the Ogonek MRG-1.