The Ukrainian foreign Ministry explained the refusal of a severance agreement with Russia on the Azov sea

© AFP 2018 / Alexander KhudoteplyУкраинские military on the coast of the Azov sea. Archival photoThe Ukrainian foreign Ministry explained the refusal of a severance agreement with Russia on the Azov sea© 2018 AFP / Alexander Khudoteply

Ukraine will not receive additional rights from the denunciation of the agreement with Russia on joint use of the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait, the gap only threatens the emergence of a new territorial dispute, said Tuesday the Deputy foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena zerkal.

Earlier the Deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament from the presidential faction «Block of Petro Poroshenko» Ivan Vinnik called to cancel this agreement. Later, the mirror said that Kiev to terminate the agreement will not.

«When we continue to insist that it (the agreement on joint use of the Azov sea), it is necessary to denounce, we, in principle, are going to confirm the position of the Russians regarding what this agreement is effective,» — said zerkal on the air of Ukrainian TV channel ICTV.

She also accused Russia of «violation of the right of Ukraine as a coastal state.»

«From the point of view of additional rights Ukraine will get nothing (from the denunciation of the agreement), we can obtain a new territorial dispute with Russia concerning the delimitation of the Azov sea,» — said zerkal.

The situation of navigation in the Azov sea has escalated in the beginning of the year. 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 Kherson port detained a Russian tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin».

Russian authorities 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 said that the Russians «have begun a strict policy of detention and inspection of ships». While the Crimean border guard of FSB of Russia stressed that conducts audits in accordance with international law of the sea and had not received complaints from shipowners, and 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.

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