The Russian Federation intends to occupy the sea of Azov as well as occupied the Crimean Peninsula. Kiev will not allow it. On it in interview to The Washington Post stressed the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reports the press service of the Ukrainian President.
“Russia’s goal is to occupy the sea of Azov in the same way as it was occupied Crimea. This is a hard violation of international law, and we are unable to accept it. We are strengthening our military there, and build a case against Russia in the international permanent court of arbitration”, – he said.
Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine has a clear legal status of the Azov sea. “Russia has no right to attack or to stop our ships that carry goods and passengers from two important ports of Ukraine – Mariupol and Berdyansk. If Russia will not stop, we have only one tool – the sanctions”, – he said.
At the same time, according to Poroshenko, sanctions are necessary to stop the potential danger of the Russian occupation of Azov. “If they block a Ukrainian ship with metalloprodukta from Mariupol for one day, the price of the damage will amount to thousands of dollars,” he said.
In addition, Poroshenko added, the Russians constantly attacking Ukrainian fishermen in the Ukrainian waters to arrest them, and stop threatening them. The President noted that this is part of a hybrid war against Ukraine.
“Sanctions stop Russia’s GDP growth, they stop increasing the level of life in Russia and devalue the Russian currency. The Russian leadership is paying a high price for the sanctions to keep Russia at the negotiating table and to stop aggression”, – he concluded.
We will remind, for the past three months, the activity of Russia in the Azov sea has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow merchant ships bound for Ukrainian ports and out of them easily pass through the Kerch Strait. In this regard, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of defense, the chief of the General staff and high command of the Navy of Ukraine to take measures to stop Russian provocations against blocking entry of ships in Ukrainian ports in the sea of Azov. The Ministry of infrastructure of Ukraine has developed a package of measures in response to Russia’s actions. It was reported that the package of measures includes including restrictions passenger service to Russia.
On the eve of Ukrainian border guards said about another provocation of the Russian Federation in the sea of Azov.