Kyiv: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on American and European ports not to let Russian ships into their territory as a reaction to the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation. It is reported by the press center of the Presidential Administration, referring to his interview with the American edition.
“I want to convey absolutely clear information. Ukrainian merchant ships, Ukrainian naval forces act in accordance with the norms of international law,” said the President.
Poroshenko noted that Ukraine acts in accordance with all the necessary rules in force in the framework of the UN Convention on Freedom of Shipping, as well as the bilateral Ukrainian-Russian agreement, which defines the special status of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. Therefore, Ukrainian ships should not request a stay in this territory.
“The President also noted that all Russian companies operating in the Kerch Strait are on the sanctions lists of the United States and the European Union and cooperation with them is not legal. In this situation, according to Poroshenko, Russia is opposed to the whole world, blocking freedom of navigation in the Ukrainian territorial waters,” the press center reported.
The head of state noted that Ukraine has its own ports, which are located in the Sea of Azov, and through which 40% of Ukrainian exports of steel products pass. Consequently, the blockade, the occupation of the Azov Sea has significant economic consequences.
“We cannot accept this, neither we nor the European Union. In this situation, Russian ships should be banned from entering European and American ports,” said Petro Poroshenko.
We recall that President Petro Poroshenko and US Senator Ronald Johnson discussed the strengthening of possible sanctions against Russia.