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The MFA has commented on checks of vessels by Russia in the Sea of Azov - RIA Novosti, 9/20/2018


ST.-PETERSBURG, 20 Sep — RIA Novosti. Checks of vessels by Russia in the Sea of Azov are aimed only at safety and don't contradict rules of international law, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria of Zakharov.© of AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky In the State Duma has said have commented on plans of Ukraine to create base on the Sea of Azov "Actions of Russia for check of vessels are aimed only at safety in the water area of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. They don't contradict any rules of international law applicable to this water area. The right of Russia to carry out such actions unambiguously is confirmed by practice of other states which exercise the sovereign rights concerning internal waters" — Zakharova at a briefing has told. She has reminded that the international legal status of the Sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait, is defined by bilateral international treaties, namely the contract between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on the Russian-Ukrainian frontier of January 28, 2003 and the contract between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on cooperation in use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait of December 24, 2003. "In these documents it is confirmed that "The Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait historically are internal waters of the Russian Federation and Ukraine" — the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry has emphasized.

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