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 Top border guard says Russia paves way for economic blockade of Ukraine's ports

Ukraine's State Border Guard Service Chief, Petro Tsyhykal says Russia creates preconditions for economic blockade of the country's sea and river ports.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, the military official said Tuesday at a round table meeting on improving safety at sea and the development of the Sea Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

"The issues of strengthening maritime border security have become relevant as never before. In addition to conventional threats faced by any state with regard to ensuring maritime border security, violations of international maritime law continue to occur in the exclusive (maritime) economic zone and the annexed territorial sea," Tsyhykal said.

He emphasized that Russia's groundlessly intensifying naval and law enforcement activities at sea lines of communication creates preconditions for economic blockade of the sea and river ports of Ukraine.

"Only joint actions are the key to a strong and united Europe, in which Ukraine remains a reliable outpost on its eastern borders," Tsyhykal said.

The meeting was attended by representatives of foreign law enforcement agencies in charge of maritime security as well as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX), the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM). It was held with the support from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3094084