The Russian Embassy has called on the United States to stop defending its “protégés” in the Azov Sea. During an interview, the deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, Yury Shvytkin, shared his views on the matter.
The Russian embassy’s request in Washington has been directed to the US to stop defending “its proteges in the Azov Sea,” the statement said.
US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert previously announced that “the US condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait.” She also pointed out that “Moscow has stopped hundreds of merchant ships since April and prevented at least 16 vessels from reaching Ukrainian ports.”
The US State Department believes that in addition to violating international standards, this hampers maritime traffic and represents additional examples of a campaign to undermine and destabilize the situation in Ukraine.
Russian diplomats have criticized Washington for turning a blind eye to Ukrainian “piracy” in that sea, where its coast guard has detained the Russian vessel Nord and has been detained since August 12 by the tanker Mekhanik Pogodin with crew on board.
During a radio interview , Shvytkin commented on the situation by saying that “the United States should stop being the world policeman and promote Ukrainians who violate international law and destabilize the situation.”
“The US says they are interested in securing stability, but at the same time, their actions suggest the opposite. They encourage the destabilizing actions of the Ukrainian authorities, who came to power after the coup, and this is unacceptable. US authorities need to stop such actions and take a constructive stand,” he continued.
Shvytkin complements by stressing that Russia does not remain unanswered, as it is now a powerful state with powerful Armed Forces as well as a patriotic people.
“I hope the US reacts positively, although there are serious doubts in this part, but we cannot stay on the sidelines of these illegal actions by the Ukrainian authorities that encourage the United States.
Kiev claims that Moscow creates obstacles to navigation in the waters of Azov, and that more than 150 Ukrainian ships were detained through naval blockades. Already the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Elena Zerkal, stated that the Russian border guards, during inspection of the Ukrainian ships, did not violate the protocols in the Sea of Azov.
While the Crimean Border Guard observes that the inspection of foreign ships is carried out in full compliance with international maritime law.