President of the Republic of Poland / News / “Situation in the Sea of Azov is serious”

Source: Republic of Poland in English

Polish President’s aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Monday morning that the situation in the Sea of Azov is serious. “We believe it can have far-reaching consequences for both Ukraine’s internal politics and the entire region,” he stressed.

President Andrzej Duda’s aide underlined that one could not act hastily as far as this matter is concerned.

On Sunday, two Ukrainian ships and a tugboat, which were travelling from Odessa on the Black Sea to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, were shelled and later seized by Russian special services.

Russia said the three Ukrainian vessels made an unauthorised passage through Russian territorial waters. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed that it fired on the vessels to force them to stop, and then seized them.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley wrote on Twitter that an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council was called for Monday morning over the escalating situation.

“We will be in contact with the Polish diplomatic mission in Kiev and the Ukrainian side in order to be fully informed about the course of events,” Krzysztof Szczerski stressed.

The official added that “as the matter will surely be debated at the UN, Poland – which represents countries of our region – will present its opinion on the matter at the UN forum.”

Minister Szczerski also said that Polish President Andrzej Duda “is leaving for Bulgaria on Monday.”

“He will surely discuss the situation in the region with his Bulgarian counterpart,” he declared. (PAP)