: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia violates maritime law by exploring annexed part of Azov Sea shelf – border guards


Ukrainian Border Guard Service spokesman Oleh Slobodian says Russia continues violating the rules of international maritime law by exploring the shelf of the annexed part of the Sea of Azov for possible drilling.

”Russia continues violating the rules of international maritime law and carries out illegal business activities in the annexed parts of the Azov and Black Seas,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

”From October to November, Ukrainian border guards observed the Dolphin diving support vessel belonging to Chernomorneftegaz, an oil and gas producer of the self-proclaimed authorities of Crimea, conducting geological exploration in the Sea of Azov. Namely, they were examining the seabed and collecting soil samples to study the shelf in that area for future drilling,” Slobodian said.

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