Russia’s actions pose security threats to all Black Sea basin states — Reznikov

7 April, 12:47 PM
Head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov meets with his counterparts from Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, and Romania (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

Head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov meets with his counterparts from Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, and Romania (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has created a direct security threat to all the countries of the Black Sea basin, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said during an online meeting with fellow ministers from Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, and Romania.

This was the first time Ukraine has discussed regional issues in such a format with four NATO states. 

“The Russian attack has already caused a large-scale humanitarian crisis and created direct security threats for all the countries of the Black Sea basin,” Reznikov said. 

“The safety of international navigation has been violated. Russia creates provocations against civilian vessels. Several of them are blocked in Ukrainian ports and have already been subjected to Russian attacks, resulting in casualties.” 

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Reznikov said that the Russian fleet is placing into the sea mines its had seized in Sevastopol, which belonged to the Ukrainian Navy until 2014, and de facto, “this is an attempt to commit terrorist acts against civilian ships.” 

Among other things, the countries also discussed the evacuation of civilians from war zones, ensuring the safety of international shipping, possible measures for a ceasefire, and maintaining peace. 

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian mines in the Black Sea pose a danger to all ships in the region. They have already been detected off the coast of Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria.

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