Named justification for the inspection of ships in the sea of Azov

Named justification for the inspection of ships in the sea of Azov

Inspections of ships in the sea of Azov legitimate, their intensity proportionate to the level of threats from extremists against Russia. About it in interview to the newspaper “Kommersant” said Russian Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.


According to him, Russian border guards stepped up security of navigation in the Kerch Strait due to public appeals the leaders of the “Crimean Tatar Mejlis” (an organization banned in Russia), Ukrainian nationalists and politicians to the terrorist attacks on the Crimean bridge.

“To the sea of Azov is not applicable to the provisions of the UN Convention on the law of the sea 1982, including freedom of navigation, therefore, the allegation that our audits and inspections are contrary to international Maritime law, not baseless,” he said.

The diplomat said that the allegations of the ships have been delayed for many hours and days are outright lies. “Inspection, as a rule, not exceed three hours. The longest test took five hours. And this was an isolated case,” he explained, adding that more than 90 percent of inspections carried out in places of anchorage, and complaints from the captains of ships were not.

Karasin pointed to the fact that all the charges “invented in Kiev, Washington and Brussels. We recently discussed this issue in Brussels and clarification. It is strange that it still pedaliruetsya there.”