Published on: Nov 17, 2018 @ 12:37 – Kiev has no money to build a naval base in one of the coastal cities of the Sea of Azov, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Georgy Tuka.
“I am not adept at the thesis that we are going to build a base in Berdyansk or Mariupol and that in a month we will have a powerful navy – these are things that do not correspond absolutely to the current reality, nor to the demands of war, including war at sea,” the deputy minister said in an interview with the Ukrainian channel Pryamoi.
According to him, the construction requires huge financial resources and enough time that Ukraine does not have.
“The theses that Ukraine has the ability to respond militarily to the Russian Navy, in my opinion, absolutely do not correspond to reality,” he added.
Since the beginning of this year, naval incidents have been recorded between the two countries in the Azov Sea area. In March, Ukraine detained the Russian fishing vessel Nord, accusing the captain of illegally visiting Crimea “to harm the interests of the State.” In August, the Ukrainian Coast Guard detained the tanker Mekhanik Pogodin with crew on board.
Moscow calls the actions of Kiev “maritime terrorism” and is strengthening 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”.
In early September, Ukrainian officials announced plans to establish a naval base off the coast of the Sea of Azov and to transfer two armored boats to the area. In addition, the Security and National Defense Council of Ukraine ordered the reinforcement of the military presence in the Sea of Azov, equipping the Ukrainian coastguard detachments with missiles. However, despite Ukrainian officials constantly saying they can take on Russia, this is far removed from reality.