By setting up a naval base in the Azov Sea, Ukraine could make Russia “compromise,” said Ukrainian Lieutenant-General Vasily Bogdan.
According to the Obozrevatel edition , Kiev is able to install a naval base that becomes a serious problem for Russia, forcing it to “make concessions and sit down at the negotiating table.”
For Bogdan, the creation of a military infrastructure in the region could also influence the implementation of the Minsk agreements, ie the resolution of the conflict in Donbass, and the Crimean issue.
The general expressed the hope that the West will help Kiev in this matter, referring to “agreements with the American side” on increasing the defense capabilities of Ukraine. This comes as part of Ukraine’s push to become a lackey of the United States and the European Union.
Previously, Ukrainian authorities announced plans to establish a naval base off the coast of the Sea of Azov and transfer to the area two armored boats. In addition, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (SNBO) ordered to strengthen the military presence in the sea of Azov and equip the detachments of the Ukrainian coastguard with high-precision missiles.
The navigation situation in the Azov Sea has worsened since the beginning of this year. In March, Ukraine stopped the Russian fishing vessel Nord, accusing its captain of illegally visiting the Crimea “in order to harm the interests of the State”. In August, the Ukrainian coastguard detained the tanker Mekhanik Pogodin with crew on board.
Moscow has described Kiev’s actions as “maritime terrorism” and strengthened customs inspections on its part of the Sea of Azov. So the Ukrainian side accused Russia of “pursuing a tough policy of stopping and inspecting ships”.
The Crimea became part of the Russian territory after a referendum convened in March 2014, in which more than 90% of local residents spoke out in favor of rejoining Russia.