KYIV (QHA) -

Russia dictates the rules of the game in the basin of the Sea of Azov, while neglecting international rules, Serhiy Hayduk, the former commander of the Ukrainian Navy, the head of the Ukrainian Navy Veterans Association, said in a comment to Radio Hayat.

According to him, Moscow ignores the Charter of the International Maritime Organization and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

"Thus, the Russian Federation determines the rules of navigation of vessels in this region on its own," he said.

Hayduk noted that the center for regulating the traffic of ships in Kerch has a direct connection with the FSB and all the ships that pass through the Kerch Strait and heading to Ukrainian ports are detained by Russian security services.

"Although the Kerch Strait is de jure part of Ukraine," the ex-Commander of the Ukrainian Navy stresses.

Hayduk also pointed to the growing military presence of the Russian Federation in the water area of the Azov Sea. According to him, Moscow does this at the expense of the Black Sea Fleet.

Hayduk recalled how in May this year, Russia brought three armored vessels of the Caspian flotilla to the Kerch bridge, which made the transition to the Azov Sea and arrived in Kerch. The vessels made the transition from Astrakhan allegedly to strengthen the protection of the Kerch bridge.

Earlier, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, during a meeting with the British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough, said that provocations from Russia are expected in the Sea of Azov due to the strengthening of the Russian amphibious capabilities.

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