The U.S. is concerned about Russia’s actions in the Black and Azov Seas

3 weeks ago

This is said in a statement from the U.S. Foreign Ministry.

The United States has expressed “deep concern” about Russia’s plans to block the movement of foreign ships in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. The State Department said in a statement circulated.

“Russia has repeatedly taken aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and prevented access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov, affecting Ukraine’s international trade. This represents another unprovoked escalation of Moscow’s ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine. This development is particularly troubling against the backdrop of confirmed reports of Russian troop build-ups in occupied Crimea and on the border with Ukraine not seen since the 2014 Russian invasion, and other provocative actions by Russian-led forces on the line of contact.”

The U.S. foreign ministry reiterated ” unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters,” and recalled that the United States “does not and will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.”

“We commend Ukraine for its continued restraint in the face of Russian provocations and call on Russia to stop harassing ships in the region and to backtrack its build-up of forces along the border with Ukraine and in occupied Crimea,” the statement said.