Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, in his microblog on Twitter thanked Poland for the decision to ban the Russian training sailboat Sedov from entering its territorial waters.
“Thanks to the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki for the decision to refuse the Russian sailboat Sedov to enter the territorial waters of the country,” wrote Klimkin.
The Ukrainian minister noted that Crimea is the territory of Ukraine and stressed that Russia "must be held responsible for its illegal actions."
On April 12, Poland became the second country to refuse entry to the sailboat Sedov, which carries the Kerch State Marine Technological University cadets, into its territorial waters. Warsaw authorities explained that allowing the admission of this sailboat would contradict the policy supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Prior to this, Estonia acted in a similar way, banning the passage of the sailboat, which was supposed to pass on April 13-14. The Estonian Foreign Ministry also referred to the non-recognition of the Crimea as part of the Russian Federation. The Russian Embassy in Estonia called such actions an unfriendly act, noting that it was carried out on the eve of the Estonian President’s visit to Moscow.
The Sedov ship departed from the Kaliningrad region on April 6. On board are 112 cadets from Russia’s marine educational institutions. The training voyage is scheduled to end on May 2.