The ban on the organization of sea communication with the ports of the Russian Federation and the maintenance of Russian vessels in foreign ports will violate the UN Conventions on the Law of the Sea, according to the coordinator of the project "Maritime Policy" of the Center for Strategic Assessments and Forecasts - Anna Gornova.
A possible ban on the organization of sea communication with the ports of the Russian Federation and the maintenance of Russian vessels in foreign ports will be a direct violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Anna Gornova, coordinator of the Maritime Policy project of the Center for Strategic Assessments and Forecasts, told RIA Novosti.
According to the statement of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine on Wednesday, Kiev demands to ban sea communication with the ports of the Russian Federation and the service of Russian vessels in foreign ports. Ukraine has sent almost 50 appeals to the leading maritime powers and associations of the world with information "about the invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine and the facts of its gross violation of international maritime law."
"Firstly, this is a direct violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Convention provides for the free passage of merchant ships. Secondly, if such a situation develops, then we have the Far East and the Northern Sea Route," Gornova believes.
According to her, European ports make up about a third of the world's maritime infrastructure. "This situation will lead to huge costs and to the reconfiguration of all international shipping," she said.
The expert believes that it is important to understand strategically that, in general, "the keys of peace and world order are changing now" and in this process, sea routes are one of the main components of the world economy and geopolitics. "All current events, including the pandemic, relate to this key change. Russia has everything to remain significant on the new world map and protect its national security interests. This is a strategic aspect. As a result of all the events, the consciousness of civilization should change. This process is already underway," she concluded.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation to demilitarize Ukraine. In response, Western countries announced a new round of the sanctions spiral, which has been unwinding since 2014. A number of Russian banks, companies in the industrial and transport sector, including Sovcomflot, Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, United Shipbuilding Corporation, fell under the blocking sanctions of foreign states against the background of military operations.
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