During the 98th session of the Maritime Safety Committee in London (June 9-16, 2017), Ukraine applied to the member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on threats to the safety of navigation through ships calling in Ukraine’s closed sea ports in the AR Crimea and Sevastopol, which are created by the illegal provocative actions of Russia that threaten the safety of navigation in the northern part of the Black Sea, which is the result of the constant illegal occupation of the Russian Federation on the Crimean peninsula, in fact, ratilas in the “gray zone” for international navigation.
In a statement published on June 15, 2017 by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the statement stresses: “The recent provocative actions of the Russian side related to an attempt to obstruct the Ukrainian rescue boat during the holding of the regular exercises of the Marine Search and Rescue Service of Ukraine on April 23, Russia’s complete disregard for all norms and principles of international law. ”
The information of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry notes that in his speech, the representative of Ukraine “called on the Russian Federation to take all possible measures to stop internationally wrongful acts in the maritime search and rescue area of Ukraine and provide appropriate assurances and guarantees of their non-repetition in the future.”
In a statement, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry strongly protested in connection with another armed provocation by the Russian Federation – the February 1, 2017 shelling of a transport aircraft of the Ukrainian Naval Forces An-26 near the Odessa gas field in the exclusive (maritime) economic zone of Ukraine.
As a result of discussion of this issue, 19 delegations from IMO member countries, including Australia, Great Britain, Germany, the United States and France supported the position of Ukraine and once again condemned the illegal annexation of the Crimea. Thus, the attempts of the Russian delegation during the meeting to accuse IMO and Ukraine of considering issues that are not within the competence of the organization have not received the support of foreign delegations.
Also, the Ukrainian delegation separately drew the attention of IMO members that at the previous session of the Maritime Safety Committee it was decided to start monitoring the situation with navigation safety in the northern part of the Black Sea.