Ukraine Says Russia Partially Unblocked Its Azov Sea Ports

Postado Dezembro 08, 2018

"We will not, however, comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Government of Turkey".

NATO, which includes several Black Sea member states, and the United States have routinely sent warships patrolling the Black Sea, despite Russian concerns. It is very important that the rule of law and worldwide norms were strictly adhered to, causing consequences for those countries that seek to undermine the right of other countries to their own national income.

Tensions in the area had been building since Russian Federation completed construction of a bridge connecting its mainland to the peninsula of Crimea, which President Vladimir Putin annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

On Wednesday, the US Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russian Federation.

Speaking before the meeting, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships and to allow free navigation and unhindered access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. A spokesman told CNN Wednesday that Moscow lays claim to areas that far exceed the 12 miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed by global law. Russian Federation fired on Ukrainian naval vessels that were attempting to pass under the massive bridge that spans the Kerch Strait and links Russian Federation with Crimea.

"It is Kremlin's regime who bears full responsibility for further aggravation of the situation in the Azov and Black Seas and for undermining the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict". Ukraine also demands the return of the captured navy ships and to compensate for the damage caused.

"Ukraine is constantly considering the Budapest Memorandum as an important worldwide instrument for ensuring Ukraine's security", the ministry said in a statement on its website.

Ukraine says Russian Federation had blocked traffic around the Kerch Strait, but Russian Federation says the passage has been operating as usual, except for weather-related delays.

Under the rules of the Montreux Convention, US ships can only be in the Black Sea for 21 days.