The Alliance needs to immediately provide the Ukrainian ships unhindered access to ports.

NATO monitors the situation in the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait, the statement

The Alliance reacted to the attack fleet on the Ukrainian warships, calling on Russia to immediately provide the Ukrainian Navy unhindered access to ports, informs mediaUA.

This was reported in the Twitter press-Secretary of the Alliance Oana Lungescu.

"NATO is closely monitoring the situation in the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait, and we are in touch with the Ukrainian authorities. We call for restraint and de-escalation", – quotes the statement by Lungescu of the Alliance.

"NATO fully supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, including its navigation rights in its territorial waters. We call upon Russia to ensure unhindered access of Ukrainian ports in the sea of Azov under international law", – she wrote.

"At the summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders expressed support for Ukraine and stated that the ongoing militarization of Crimea, the Black and Azov seas carries further threat to the independence of Ukraine and undermine stability of the border region" – reminded the press-Secretary of NATO.

Recall, the naval forces of Ukraine on 25 November reported that the edge ships of the Russian Federation has carried out aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships who have made a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol of the Azov sea. In particular, the Russian boundary ship "the don" made a battering RAM of the Ukrainian Harbor tugs, which had damaged the main engine of the ship, the trim and railing, as well as lost on that raft.

While Navy APU emphasize that the intention to migrate was warned in advance and had acted within international law.

At the same time at the FSB, said that three Ukrainian warships in the sea of Azov "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to the Kerch Strait".

The Ukrainian Navy has published legal commentary, pointing out that in accordance with articles 17, 38 of the UN Convention on the law of the sea and article 2 of the Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in using the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait, military ships of Ukraine enjoy freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait and sea of Azov, and this means that they can make a passage across the Kerch Strait at any time, subject to safety of navigation.

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