In the Czech Republic positively assessed the implementation of navigation in the Kerch Strait

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura in photomontagist in the Kerch Strait. Archival photoIn the Czech Republic positively assessed the implementation of navigation in the Kerch Strait© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura the image Bank

The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic tomáš Petricek believes a positive signal reports that the ships may pass through the Kerch Strait.

it was the first optimistic reaction from member countries of the EU on the current situation in the Kerch Strait.

Earlier, the Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan claimed that Russia is blocking the entry and exit of ships to the Ukrainian ports in the sea of Azov. Vice-speaker of the Crimean Parliament, Yefim Fiks called the accusations of Kiev are unfounded, but the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov noted that «there is sufficiently intense international navigation». After 8 days Omeljan recognized that the movement of ships through the Strait of Kerch is carried out.

The head of the Czech Ministry of foreign Affairs participates in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Thursday in Brussels.

«We have heard reports that ships can pass through the Kerch Strait, and I think this is a good signal,» he told reporters before the meeting.

The Russian side on November 25 has closed the Strait of Kerch, connecting the Black and Azov sea, for the passage of civilian ships for security purposes. Next day shipping in the Kerch Strait was resumed. The Crimean authorities said that those sailors who act within the law, no problems when passing through the Kerch Strait is not.

The Russian foreign Ministry said earlier that the test of the border service of FSB of the Russian ships in Azov sea is lawful, and the increase from April 2018 due to the heightened security measures in the Kerch Strait in connection with the commissioning of the first stage of the Crimean bridge, not a desire to exert political or economic pressure on Ukraine. Nevertheless, the Ministry stressed that «the actions of Russian border guards are not discriminatory».

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.

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