EU Ministers to Discuss Azov Sea Militarization
The meeting will take place in Brussels
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European Union foreign ministers will discuss the militarization of the Azov Sea in Brussels on Monday, Nov. 19, EURACTIV reports.
Diplomats say that the Azov Sea has been effectively blockaded by Russia.
This will be the first time the issue will be discussed by the EU.
According to a diplomat, the Ukraine issue was put on the agenda at the insistence of Poland. He said that the blockade of the Azov Sea is having an economic impact on Ukraine, because 200 Ukrainian ships were blocked near the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk.
The militarization of the Azov Sea followed the construction of a new bridge in Kerch Strait linking mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea. Kyiv considers the construction of this bridge unlawful and the EU criticized what it called another assault on Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Russia is blocking the passage of trade vessels through the Kerch Strait and in the Azov Sea, thus violating the freedom of navigation guaranteed by the Law of the Sea.
The ministers will also discuss the elections held on Nov. 11 in areas of occupied Donetsk and Luhansk. It is expected that they will add those people involved in organizing the elections to the current sanctions list.
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