The OSCE Secretary General warned about the consequences of the militarization of the sea of Azov

© AFP 2018 / Sega VolskiiУкраинский military on Board the Donbass in the sea of Azov. Archival photoThe OSCE Secretary General warned about the consequences of the militarization of the sea of Azov© AFP 2018 / Sega Volskii

Possible militarization of the Azov sea, associated with the violation by ships of the Ukrainian naval forces of the state border of the Russian Federation in the area of the Kerch Strait, has consequences not only for Russia and Ukraine, the impact could be broader, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the Secretary General of the OSCE Thomas Greminger.

«I have closely followed the development of the situation in the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait, and I am deeply concerned about the escalation of tensions. What is happening now, and the possible militarization of the sea of Azov has consequences not only for Ukraine and Russia, it could have a broader impact,» said Greminger.

On Sunday, three ships of naval forces of Ukraine «Berdyansk», «Nikopol» and «Yana Kapu» — violated the state border of Russia, included in the temporarily closed waters of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation and moved from the Black sea to Kerch Strait. They maneuvered in a dangerous manner, did not obey the lawful demands of the Russian authorities. The Ukrainian ship with 24 sailors were arrested, three Ukrainian military were wounded, they are hospitalized and receive medical care, seafarers ‘ lives are not threatened. After the incident concerning them criminal case on illegal crossing of the state border.

The OSCE Secretary General warned about the consequences of the militarization of the sea of Azov© Vitaly Policytool war

 

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