Poland Bans Russian Ship From Its Waters
This decision was made due to Russia's violation of international law in annexing Crimea
Photo from sts-sedov.info website
Poland banned the Russian tall ship Sedov from its territorial waters due to cadets from the occupied Crimea, who are on the ship, Polska Agencja Prasowa reports.
“We believe that the admission of the vessel to the territorial waters of Poland would be contrary to the policy of respect for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the non-recognition of the Crimea annexation,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland spokeswoman Ewa Suwara said.
The Ministry also said that they expect Russia to resume shipping movement in the Kerch Strait, to return captive Ukrainian ships, and to release Ukrainian sailors captured during the Kerch incident in Nov. 2018.
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin thanked Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki for the decision and said that Poland joins Estonia in its decision toward Russian ships.
“Thank you for the decision of the Prime Minister 🇵🇱 @ MorawieckiM refusing Russian sailing ship Sedov enter the Republic of Poland’s territorial waters together with Estonia in defense of international law,” he wrote in a statement.