Ukrainian foreign min thanks Poland for barring entry of Russian ship

The Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, thanked Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, for his decision to bar the entry of the Russian sailing ship "Siedov" into Polish territorial waters.

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"We are grateful for the decision of [PM] Morawiecki to refuse the Russian sailing ship "Siedov" entry into Poland’s territorial waters. Poland, together with Estonia, defended international law. Crimea is the territory of Ukraine, and Russia should take responsibility for unlawful actions,” Mr Klimkin wrote on Saturday on Twitter.

The sailing ship was denied entry into Polish territorial waters on Friday. Carrying students of the Kerch Maritime Technological State University onboard, “Siedov” is bound for the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.

As the spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs ministry Ewa Suwara said, “we unflinchingly express our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We expect Russia to reintroduce freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait, return the captured Ukrainian ships and release the Ukrainian sailors imprisoned during the incident in November 2018.”