The draft European Parliament resolution on the Azov sea caused surprise in the Crimea

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura in fotobanka. Archival photoThe draft European Parliament resolution on the Azov sea caused surprise in the Crimea© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura the image Bank

The draft European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Azov sea is surprising, said the Vice-Premier of the Crimean government, the permanent representative of the Republic under the President of Russia Georgy Muradov.

The European Parliament prepared a draft resolution calling for tougher sanctions against Russia if the situation in the Azov sea escalates. It is proposed to appoint a «special envoy for the Crimea and Donbass», which will deal with the situation in the region. The document also calls on the EU Council «to demand from the Russian Federation to immediately stop the intense and discriminatory inspections of the courts and to consider, if necessary, appropriate countermeasures».

«They became interested in the sea of Azov, surprisingly. The Azov sea is spilling mouth of the don river. It’s like if we were interested in the situation in lake Geneva, because it’s between France and Switzerland, and we would have very great concern about it expressed», — Muradov said at the international conference «Crimea in the modern international context».

In the beginning of the year the situation deteriorated with the navigation in the Azov sea. In March Ukraine detained the Russian trawler «Nord», put forward against its captain charged with illegal visit to Crimea «with the aim of causing harm to the state interests». In August in the port of Kherson detained the tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin».

Moscow found the actions of the Kiev «sea terrorism» and responded by increasing border inspections in his part of the Azov sea. Then the Ukrainian border guards have accused the Russian authorities of «hard policy of detention and inspection of ships». The Crimean border guard service stated that it conducts audits in accordance with international law of the sea and had not received complaints from ship owners. The Ukrainian foreign Ministry admitted that Russian border guards do not violate the protocols during the inspection. Later Kiev announced its intention to increase its military presence in the Azov sea and create a naval base.