In the state Duma urged Kiev not to turn the Azov sea into an Apple of discord

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photobacteria at the plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Archival photoIn the state Duma urged Kiev not to turn the Azov sea into an Apple of discord© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

Kiev authorities continue to deliberately escalate the situation in the Azov sea, making this region a bone of contention, said the Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation of the Crimea region Michael Sheremet.

On the eve of Ukrainian military conducted exercises on the coast of the Azov sea, during which they worked conditional firing enemy ships at the approaches to the coast and the mining of the coast, reported the press center of the United forces of Ukraine.

«Kiev continues to escalate the situation dictated by our Western partners. Kiev authorities deliberately escalate the hysteria in this area and artificially create a confrontation in the sea of Azov. I do not see any prerequisites that someone tried to grab the Ukrainian coast. Call on Kiev to stop to turn the Azov sea into an Apple of discord, creating another point of tension», — said Sheremet RIA Novosti.

According to him, the sea of Azov is an internal sea of Russia and Ukraine and valid policy of militarization and of piracy pursued by the Kiev authorities.

The situation in the Azov sea escalated in the spring of 2018 after the Ukrainian frontier guards detained in the sea of Azov, the ship «Nord» under the Russian flag. The crew was able to return home only six months later, the captain is still in Ukraine. In August in Kherson port detained a Russian tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin», attempts to pass from the waters failed.

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 stated that it 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.