Ukraine Says Cargo Traffic Resumed in Sea of Azov

Kiev, Ukraine says traffic has resumed to and

from its ports on the Sea of Azov following a standoff with Russia.

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said

merchant ships were moving through the Kerch Strait linking the Sea

of Azov with the Black Sea.

Omelyan, who accused Russia last week of blocking the Strait for

Ukrainian cargoes, said Tuesday that the ports of Berdyansk and

Mariupol have been partially unblocked thanks to a stern

international response.

Russia, however, insisted that it never blocked vessels from

traveling through the Kerch Strait and that any possible disruptions

were linked to bad weather.

Relations between the two neighbors have been further strained

over a Nov. 25 incident in which the Russian coast guard fired upon

and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews, the

Associated Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency