Friday, 14 December, 2018

Ukraine: Shipping traffic resumes following Russian Federation standoff

A Ukrainian serviceman stands on board a coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol eastern Ukraine Monday Dec. 3 Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria condemns Russia’s seizure of ships
Deanna Wagner | 07 December, 2018, 15:10

The officials CNN spoke to said the plans to possibly sail a warship into the Black Sea are in response to Russia's actions.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has appealed to the Budapest Memorandum guarantor countries (the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia) for urgent consultations over the Kerch Strait standoff. "We will not, however, comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Government of Turkey", reported the cable network, quoting a State Department spokesman. It is very important that the rule of law and global norms were strictly adhered to, causing consequences for those countries that seek to undermine the right of other countries to their own national income.

After the five-day Russia-Georgia war in 2008, with Russian forces still encamped on a shore nearby, Washington anchored the flagship for the U.S. Sixth Fleet - the USS Mount Whitney - off Georgia's coast in a sign of support for the country.

For its part the Russian Ministry of Defense declared that its army in Eastern Crimea which Moscow grasped from Ukraine in 2014 administered a military drill with its Pantsir anti-aircraft missile systems.

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Moscow branded Kiev's stunt in the Kerch Strait as a risky provocation, while the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation called for a de-escalation of tensions, while Kiev declared a 30-day martial law.

The US has commenced rendering the mandatory provisions to sail a warship into the Black Sea, a step that arrives amid intensified anxiety in the area due to succeeding Russia's subjugation of Ukrainian ships and confinement of Ukrainian sailors.

The Russian moves have restricted access for Ukrainian ships to the Sea of Azov and Mariupol, an important Ukrainian trade port. "Russia has de facto expanded its military aggression against Ukraine to the sea". However, since the 2014 annexation, and the completion of the Kerch bridge earlier this year, Russian Federation has slowly restricted access for Ukrainian ships.

According to CNN, the last USA ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October.