On 30 October, the European Parliament (EP) issued a resolution on the situation in the Sea of Azov, in Ukraine. The EP said it “deplores the excessive actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov insofar as they breach international maritime law and Russia’s own international commitments”.
In its resolution, the EP condemned the “excessive stopping and inspection of commercial vessels”, including both Ukrainian ships and those with flags of third-party states, including various EU Member States. It stressed that inspections of vessels, while permitted at random, “should not be abused or carried out for political reasons with the aim of further destabilising the security, integrity and social and economic situation in Ukraine”.
The EP called on the EU Council and High Representative Federica Mogherini to demand that the Russian Federation immediately end the intensive and discriminatory inspections of vessels and to consider, if necessary, appropriate countermeasures.
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