The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, has stated that Kiev has a secret plan for the sea of Azov.
However, he declined to name concrete measures, but stressed that they have already been agreed.
“We are examining different options in relation to the agreements. Everyone is certain that the Azov Sea is not an inland sea, a territorial sea, but we must do so now, but now international arbitration is underway on violations of Ukraine’s rights in relation to the Black Sea and the sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait and the illegal construction of the Crimean bridge,” Klimkin said at a briefing broadcast on channel 112 Ukraine .
According to the Ukrainian chancellor, the authorities discussed all possible options with their “friends and partners”. The success in the situation around the Sea of Azov can only be achieved thanks to “simultaneous actions in all spheres,” he said.
In addition, Klimkin stressed the need to “significantly increase the presence and power” of Ukraine in the Sea of Azov.
According to the data he presented, the average time of vessel detention by the Russian border services at the entrance to the Kerch Strait is 33 hours.
The situation of commercial shipping in the Azov Sea has worsened since the beginning of this year. In March, Ukraine detained the Russian fishing vessel Nord, accusing its captain of illegally visiting Crimea “in order to harm the interests of the State”, and then the tanker Mekhanik Pogodin with its crew on board.
Moscow, on the other hand, described Kiev’s actions as “maritime terrorism” and reinforced border inspections in its part of the Sea of Azov without violating international rules.
In early September, Ukrainian officials announced plans to establish a naval base off the coast of the Sea of Azov and transfer two armored boats to the area. In addition, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine ordered the reinforcement of the military presence in the sea of Azov and that the detachments of the Ukrainian coastguard with missiles are teamed.