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"Sea terrorism": who is right in the Sea of Azov and at what here the USA - RIA Novosti, 9/3/2018

MOSCOW, 3 Sep — RIA Novosti, Igor Gashkov. Washington accuses Moscow of causing damage to the economic interests of Kiev in the Sea of Azov: because of the strengthened examination of the Ukrainian vessels at an entrance to the Russian territorial waters the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk lose a part of freght traffic. Russia confers responsibility on Ukraine, indicating occupations of the Russian vessels and calling them "excesses". Experts of RIA Novosti agree in opinion that Washington will give to Ukraine moral support, but won't begin to compensate financial losses. Therefore Kiev anyway should agree with Moscow.© AFP 2018/Alexander Khudoteply Russia has urged the USA "to stop excesses" wards in Azov the moresituation in the Sea of Azov becomes aggravated since the beginning of year. In March Ukraine has detained the trawler "North", having brought against his captain Vladimir Gorbenko charge of illegal visit of the Crimea "for the purpose of infliction of harm to the state interests". Moscow has considered actions of Kiev "sea terrorism" — the arrested Gorbenko until he was bailed, has twice had hypertensive crisis in the Ukrainian prison. In August in the Kherson port the Mechanic Pogodin tanker has been detained. Construction of the vessel was financed by VEB-Leasing entered by Kiev in sanctions lists. On this basis the Ukrainian security officers still refuse to return it to lawful owners. The Russian authorities have answered with strengthening of boundary examinations in the part of the Sea of Azov. According to Ukraine, by August not less than 150 vessels have met difficulties on the way to Mariupol and Berdyansk: expectation in certain cases reaches two-three days. Sea harbors incur losses as business concerns choose other routes for cargo delivery. However actions of Russia completely correspond to international law and the Russian-Ukrainian contract of 2003 on sharing of the Azov water area. The Ukrainian radical politicians even more often urge to answer Russia with force. In the Verkhovna Rada the bill assuming a unilateral exit from the agreement of 2003 is registered. However the government against. According to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Elena Zerkal, denunciation of the contract would turn back weakening of the position of Kiev as Russia in reply can initiate a territorial dispute. The official called maintaining the status quo "safety issue" for Ukraine. Such point of view in the Ukrainian political class is shared by not everyone. In July the former commander of Naval Forces of Ukraine vice admiral Sergey Gayduk has suggested to mine the Sea of Azov. According to the retired military, Moscow conducts "approach" in the water area and he needs to be stopped all available means. The acting chief of the General Staff and the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Victor Muzhenko advises too to go for aggravation: to strengthen naval formations in the water area and to accompany vessels with patrol ships. In it Kiev hopes for the help of the USA and NATO. The minister of so-called temporarily occupied territories and displaced persons Georgy Tuka has said that in And



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