provocative actions of the Russian Side related to attempted interference to
operation of the Ukrainian rescue vessel during regular exercises of the
Maritime Search and Rescue Service of Ukraine in search and rescue region of
Ukraine, which had occurred on 23 April 2017, proves once again Russia’s
disregard of all norms and principles of international law. This was stated by
Ukraine at the 98th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee in London.
statement at the Committee’s session the representative of Ukraine called on
the Russian Federation to take all measures to prevent internationally wrongful
acts in Ukraine’s search and rescue region as well as to provide appropriate
assurances and guarantees that they will not repeat it in the future.
delegation of Ukraine also drew attention of IMO Member States to the fact that
at the previous session of the Maritime Safety Committee it was decided to
begin monitoring of the situation with the security and safety of navigation in
the Northern part of the Black Sea, which has literally turned into a “grey
zone” for international shipping as a result of the continued illegal
occupation by the Russian Federation of the Crimean Peninsula.