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The theme of the sea of Azov is another propaganda map, which is played by the West, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the approval of the resolution with an appeal to provide for the strengthening of sanctions against Russia in case of «escalation» of the situation in the Azov sea.
«The theme of the sea of Azov is the next propaganda card, which is played by our Western colleagues,» Zakharova said at the briefing.
«If you look at the statements of American representatives European representatives, now, got to MEPs, they’re all identical, not based on the basis of some factual, they are examples of political propaganda,» she said.
The European Parliament approved on Thursday a resolution calling for the EU authorities to provide for the strengthening of sanctions against Russia in case of «escalation» of the situation in the Azov sea.
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.