Russian army blocking the Kerch Strait using oil tanker to prevent Ukrainian navy ships from entering the Sea of Azov, November 25, 2018 (Photo: video capture)
2021/04/19 – 12:39 •
Edited by: AN
The international community has focused on Russia’s build-up of forces on the territory adjacent to Ukraine, concerned that such a concentration of military power will be used against its neighbor. But as Moscow regularly insists, it has the right to move its forces to its own territory. It would only be a problem if he sent them across the border.
But on the waters off Ukraine, Russia is already violating international law, as the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry pointed out today. Moscow previously announced that it would unilaterally close the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea to naval vessels from Ukraine and other countries until October.
Moscow’s justification for this action is that it plans naval exercises in the region and wants to avoid accidental clashes. But as the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry points out, “such actions by the Russian Federation are the latest attempt to violate the norms and principles of international law”.
Furthermore, the ministry continued, “they usurp Ukraine’s sovereign rights as a coastal phase because Ukraine has the right to regulate navigation in these areas of the Black Sea”. She called on the international community to support her against this latest Russian move to put pressure on Ukraine, especially since this action is clearly a violation of international law.
The danger of accidents in the area was highlighted when an FSB cutter and a Ukrainian ship nearly collided, following the introduction of additional Russian ships from the Caspian Flotilla into this crowded waterway.
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Tags: Sea of Azov, Black Sea, Kerch Strait, military strengthening, Russian aggression, Russian Navy, Russo-Ukrainian War (2014-present), Sea of Azov