Symbolic answer. The EU imposed sanctions on the Azov

Символический ответ. ЕС ввел санкции по Азову

Captured Ukrainian ships and sailors are in Kerch

Eight Russians joined the sanctions list in connection with the seizure of the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait.

The European Union has imposed sanctions against eight Russians in connection with the seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors in the Kerch Strait in November last year. Also, the EU extended for six months, individual sanctions against those who are considered responsible for the conflict in the Donbas.

USA in response to confrontation with Russia in the sea of Azov increased support for the naval forces of Ukraine, including calling Corolla NATO in the Black sea. Meanwhile, Kiev is preparing a new passage through the Strait. Корреспондент.net tells details.

 

Sanctions against Russia: why so few

In the Kerch Strait, the Russian FSB November 25, 2018 seized two Ukrainian boats of Berdyansk and Dnipropetrovsk, as well as tugs Yana tray with the use of fire. During the arrest, were wounded six Ukrainian soldiers and damaged ships.

Moscow has accused the Ukrainians of violating the “state border of Russia” and dangerous maneuvers. The Russian authorities insist that the Ukrainian side has made a conscious provocation.

In the Russian operations were attended edge ships: the newest patrol ship 22460 Izumrud (opened fire on the Berdyansk); patrol ship, the dawn project 745П (rammed Ukrainian tugboat); modern type speedboat Sable and mongoose; and two artillery boats class bumblebee.

Ukrainian boats later came small antisubmarine ship of the Russian black sea fleet Suzdalets – a well armed warship with guns, torpedoes and depth charges. In addition, the air was su-25 and attack helicopters Ka-52, capable of carrying anti-ship missiles.

Azov crisis. Forces of Ukraine and Russia in the sea

24 members of the crews of the ships arrested until April, they are in Kerch. Ukraine and the UN recognized them prisoners of war, the SBU opened a criminal case against seven Russians because of the conflict.

After the incident, Ukraine declared martial law in the border areas and imposed restrictions on the entry of Russians into the country.

In connection with the use of force by Russia and the detention of Ukrainian soldiers and ships, the EU Council believes that eight people should be included in the list of persons subject to restrictive measures, said in a paper published in the journal of the European Union on March 15.

Among the people included in the sanctions list, stated:

  • the head of the border guard of the FSB in the Crimea and Sevastopol rear Admiral Sergei Stankevich
  • his Deputy Andrew Shein
  • the commander of the southern military district of the Russian Federation Alexander Dvornikov
  • Ruslan Romashkin, head of service in Balaklava border Department of the FSB in the Crimea, which includes the border patrol ships Izumrud and don
  • Alexey Shatokhin, head of service in Kerch border Department of the FSB of Russia in the Crimea
  • Sergei Shcherbakov, the commander of the ship Suzdalets
  • Alex Silaev, the captain don
  • Andrey Shipitsyn, the captain of the Emerald

It was also decided to extend by six months sanctions against “individuals and organizations that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”. In the list of 183 people and 44.

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The defendants in the sanctions list of the EU banned entry to the EU territory and access to its banking system. Their assets, if any, on EU territory frozen.

The European experts interviewed by DW, pay attention to the symbolism of sanctions against Russia in connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait. Because eight people – a small number, and it is unlikely they have large assets in the territory of the European Union.

The experts also noted that the EU had to give “at least some diplomatic answer”, and on the way sanctions were Italy, Austria and Hungary.

 

Help the US and NATO in the Black sea

The American response to the capture of the Ukrainian ship was the increased presence in the Black sea, as well as the assistance of the Ukrainian Navy.

The Wall Street Journal this week wrote that the United States help to counter the efforts of Russia aimed at strangling the economy of Ukraine and destabilize the Pro-Western government in Kiev by blocking access to the Ukrainian ports.

We are talking about training, supply of equipment and vehicles. Last year, Ukraine has received two patrol boats of the Island class, formerly in the US Coast guard. Washington is also considering the transfer of frigates to strengthen the Ukrainian Navy.

“All this can not change the rules of the game, but such actions are deterrent element and make it more difficult for Russian attack on Ukraine”, – talking representative of the US state Department in Ukraine with Kurt Volker.

NATO is also preparing a package of measures to strengthen its position in the Black sea, and, according to the newspaper, this will be announced in April at the meeting of foreign Ministers of the 29 member countries of the Alliance in Washington.

The Alliance has already strengthened its presence in the region, as the Montreux Convention. More about this in the material of NATO in the Black sea: Stratfor appreciated assistance to Ukraine.

Naval forces of the United States also increased its presence in the Black sea in the last few months, including they conducted joint exercises with Romania, on whose territory is the American anti-missile systems.

 

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