The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine protested to Russia over the closure of part of the Black Sea for military exercises. According to a letter from Russia received by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the restrictions are valid until October and are justified by military exercises with firing.
“The Russian Federation announced the closure from next week until October 2021 of a part of the Black Sea in the direction of the Kerch Strait for warships and state ships of other countries under the pretext of military exercises. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong protest in connection with these actions of the Russian Federation and demands immediately cancel the decision on the illegal closure of certain waters of the Black Sea “, – said in a statement on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
The Foreign Ministry said that they regard Russia’s actions as a violation of the norms and principles of international law.
Kiev called on international partners to increase political and diplomatic pressure on Moscow.