The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly protests against the intention of the Russian Federation to close a part of the Black Sea in the direction of the Kerch Strait for warships and state vessels of other states under the pretext of military training.
These actions of the Russian Federation constitute another attempt to usurp Ukraine’s sovereign rights of a coastal state in violation of the norms and principles of international law, as Ukraine is in fact endowed with the right to regulate the navigation in these water areas of the Black Sea.
Also, these actions constitute a gross violation of the freedom of navigation, guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. According to the Convention, Russia must not hinder or interfere with the transit passage through the international strait to the ports of the Sea of Azov.
Such behavior clearly indicates Russia’s unwillingness to cease its aggression against Ukraine with the use of military and hybrid methods.