The Russian Ambassador's residence in the UK criticized the publication of the newspaper financial times about the Crimean bridge, accusing correspondents who prepared the material, in the manipulation of facts and disregard for official statistics. A letter to press Secretary of the Embassy to the editor of the British edition is published on the Internet representative office of the Embassy.
first financial times published the article in which it was said that due to the construction of Crimean bridge the Ukrainian court as if faced With constant checks, and Ukrainian ports on the Azov sea suffer significant losses.
the Embassy told that " amazed by the unusually low level of journalism ", demonstrated in the publication about the Crimean bridge. For reviews of diplomats, the authors of the material allowed myself to manipulate individual claims and "unverifiable numbers" provided by a number of Ukrainian sources. The reporters completely ignored the official statistics on movement of ships through the Kerch Strait, said the diplomatic mission.
"From April 2018 to April 2019, the Strait was crossed 25521 ship, and only 8% had been inspected. Of inspected (vessels.- approx. Ed.) 43% were sent to/From Russian, not Ukrainian ports ", - said the foreign Ministry staff. The average scan time is less than an hour, and most of the inspections conducted at anchorage, where ships await the creation of caravans, stated in the document.
the Embassy recalled that the construction of Crimean bridge did not impair any of the rules of navigation, because the depth of the Strait and so does not allow to cross it ships With a large displacement.
"The Kerch Strait has always been and remains open to shipping, as well as among them Ukrainian military courts, subject to compliance with the notification procedure, unchanged Since the Soviet times. We regret that this publication, like the FT, is used as a propaganda tool by those who are looking for excuses for the reckless military posturing around the Crimea ", - concluded the foreign Ministry staff.
The situation in the Azov sea escalated in the spring of 2018 and after, the guards tied in the Azov sea the vessel "Nord" under the Russian flag. The crew was able to return home only six months later, the captain now resides in Ukraine. In the last month of summer in the Kherson port tied Russian tanker " Mekhanik Pogodin ", attempts to pass From the waters failed.
the Russian authorities considered the actions of Kiev "Maritime crime" and responded by increasing border inspections in his part of the Azov sea. Then the Ukrainian border guards are told that the citizens of Russia " began a strict policy of detention and inspection of ships ". While the Crimean border guard of FSB of Russia stated that it conducts audits in Accordance With international law of the sea and had not received complaints from shipowners, and the Ukrainian foreign Ministry has realized that the Russian border guards do not violate the protocols during the inspection.