Russian Foreign Ministry: Azov Sea issue to become “another Crimea” for West

24.11.2018, Moscow.

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that the West has chosen to use the Azov Sea as a new reason to attack Russia after Crimea, RIA Novosti reported on November 22.

Grigory Karasin in his interview said, in particular, that the Azov issue was “a deliberate and strained” anti-Russian story promoted by the Kiev regime together with its Western protectors.

According to the Deputy Foreign Minister, this issue is nothing more than just an excuse for escalating the anti-Russian sanctions, but in fact it is of no interest to the West.

On November 21, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation warned Ukraine against attempts to revise the status of the Azov Sea as internal waters of the two countries.

The statement stressed that Russia would not recognize any arbitrary attempts to unilaterally establish borders in the Azov Sea, and that Ukraine along with its international supporters would be responsible for any possible escalation.

The confrontation in the Azov Sea began to escalate after Ukraine detained the trawler “Nord” with its crew of 10 people on March 25.

Its captain is accused of illegally visiting Crimea. The situation worsened on August 11, when the Russian tanker “Mekhanik Pogodin” with its crew of 12 people was detained in Kherson.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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