NATO called on Russia to ensure free access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov and to comply with international obligations. This was reported by the media with reference to Twitter, the official representative of the alliance, Oana Lungescu.
She stressed that Russia’s actions in the water area pose a threat to the independence of Ukraine and called on Moscow to “immediately de-escalate, stop provocations and respect international obligations.”
“We are concerned about information that Russia plans to restrict access to a number of zones in the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait. This will be seen as an unjustified action and part of Russia’s destabilizing behavior. We call on Russia to guarantee free access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov and to ensure freedom of navigation, ”Lungescu said.
On April 14, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree granting the Ministry of Defense for 20 years in the separate water use of a part of the Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea. Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine protested against the closure of some part of the Azov Sea and called it an attempt to violate the norms of international law.