The Ministry of foreign Affairs called the statements about multi-day delays of vessels in the sea of Azov lies

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Polygenically boat coast guard Border guard service of the FSB of Russia in the Kerch Strait. Archival photoThe Ministry of foreign Affairs called the statements about multi-day delays of vessels in the sea of Azov lies© RIA Novosti / Alexander Polehenko

Statements about multi-day delays Russia foreign vessels in the Azov sea — it is an outright lie, inspections are only carried out at the entrance to the Kerch Strait, and it is strange that the EU again pedaliruet this topic, despite the arguments of Moscow, said on Thursday the state Secretary, Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.

«Statements about the long hours and multi-day delays of the courts is an outright lie. According to our guards, 1,5 thousand of inspections carried out in April—October this year, more than 90% was carried out in the places of anchorage at the entrance to the Kerch Strait from the Black or Azov sea at the time of formation of caravans for piloting ships through the Kerch-Yenikalsky channel… Forming caravans — compulsory pilotage procedure which has been used previously and Ukraine, and no issues were caused. Inspection, as a rule, not exceed three hours. The longest test took five hours. And this was an isolated incident,» — said Karasin in interview to the newspaper «Kommersant».

He added that longer delays may be associated only with the weather conditions and the requirements of safety of navigation.

«In General, our guards are closely watching the channel from both the Black and the Azov sea has worked smoothly and without interruption. In the Azov sea ships stop for inspection very rarely, and for good reason. No intentional delays. It’s all invented in Kiev, Washington and Brussels. Recently we have this topic, incidentally, was discussed in Brussels with Helga Schmidt (Deputy Federica Mogherini) and clarification. It is strange that it still pedaliruetsya from there,» he said.

The Ministry of foreign Affairs called the statements about multi-day delays of vessels in the sea of Azov lies© Vitaly Pedicellate territory

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