World: Russia plans to annex the sea in Europe

Russia wants to annex the Sea of ​​Azov, American experts believe.

The Russian State Duma plans to annex the Sea of ​​Azov, whose territory is divided between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in accordance with an agreement adopted 20 years ago. The Russian parliament plans to pass a bill to recognize the Sea of ​​Azov as an internal Russian water body by the end of 2023. The case is reported by the American Newsweek.

According to analysts at the American Institute for the Study of War, such a move is likely to “create conditions for Russia’s forced recognition of the illegal annexation of occupied Crimea and Kherson, Zaporozhye and Donetsk.”

Russian-Ukrainian treaty

The American weekly recalls that Russia and Ukraine signed and ratified a treaty twenty years ago, which included a provision that the Sea of ​​Azov, a body of water with an area of ​​​​almost 25,000 square kilometers, is historically an internal area. body of water for both Russia and Ukraine and that ships subject to Ukrainian freedom of navigation sail under the Russian flag in the Sea of ​​Azov.

In February, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada condemned the treaty, stating that Moscow had violated the provision and that all issues related to the Sea of ​​Azov should be resolved peacefully on a bilateral basis. Authorities in Kiev also said the treaty’s permission for Russian warships to move freely across the seas poses a threat to Ukraine’s national security.

In June, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation signed a law also condemning the treaty. The document stated that Ukraine lost its status as a coastal state on the Sea of ​​Azov after Russia annexed parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts.

Source: Do Rzeczy