The intention of the European Parliament to impose sanctions against Russia in the event of an “escalation” of the situation in the Sea of Azov is a phase of the anti-Russian campaign, said Sergei Zheleznyak, member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
The European Parliament approved on Thursday a resolution calling on the EU authorities to provide for strengthening sanctions against the Russian Federation in the event of an “escalation” of the situation in the Sea of Azov.
“The intention of the European Parliament to impose sanctions on Russia in the event of an aggravation of the situation in the Sea of Azov is the next phase of the anti-Russian campaign, which has no basis. – quotes Zheleznyak his press service.
According to the deputy, such unfriendly steps on the part of the European Parliament have nothing to do with protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and are aimed solely at provoking actions on the part of Russia.
“Our country does not violate international laws, while it does not allow anyone to dictate the rules for using our sea area. The anti-Russian part of the European Parliament is looking for new reasons to maintain the sanctions regime against Russia, spreading false information about the state of affairs in the region,” said the parliamentarian.
At the beginning of the year, the situation with shipping in the Sea of Azov worsened. In March, Ukraine detained the Russian trawler “Nord”, accusing it against its captain of illegally visiting the Crimea “with the aim of causing harm to state interests”. In August, the tanker Mechanic Pogodin was detained in the port of Kherson.
Moscow considered Kiev’s actions “maritime terrorism” and responded by strengthening border inspections in its part of the Azov Sea. Then the Ukrainian border guards accused the Russian authorities of “a strict policy of detention and inspection of ships.” The Crimean frontier department of the FSB stated that it was conducting inspections in accordance with the international law of the sea and had not received complaints from shipowners. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry acknowledged that Russian border guards did not violate the protocols during the inspection. Later, Kiev announced its intention to strengthen its military presence in the Sea of Azov and create a naval base in the region.