PACE resolution on situation in Azov Sea to include call for release of Ukrainian sailors – MP

16:00, 22 January 2019
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Deputy Chairman of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction, member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Oleksii Honcharenko has said the PACE resolution on the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait will include a paragraph calling for the release of Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian security officials on November 25.

He listed the main points of the PACE draft resolution on the conflict in the Sea of Azov, which will be considered on Thursday, January 24.

As he wrote in a post on Facebook, PACE would once again recognize the borders of Ukraine as of February 2014.

The document also condemns the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, which violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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In addition, the resolution condemns inspections of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov, which also is deemed violation of territorial integrity.

At the same time, the resolution supports the proposal of the European Parliament to deploy an OSCE mission throughout Ukraine (including Crimea).

The document also supports the proposal of Germany and France on a third party, an observer in the Kerch Strait, which would guarantee freedom of navigation of all ships in the Strait.

In addition, the resolution calls for the release of Ukrainian sailors.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Ariev, who is also vice-president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, chairman of the PACE Committee on Culture, Education, Science and Media, said the organization would hold on January 24 an urgent debate on the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait within the framework of the winter session in Strasbourg.

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