On April 19, Ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden Andrii Plakhotniuk met with His Excellency Mr. Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defense of the Kingdom of Sweden.
The Swedish Minister for Defense was informed in detail about the escalation of the security situation in the area of the Joint Forces’ operation, along the state border of Ukraine with the Russian Federation, in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, temporarily occupied by Russia, as well as in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, caused by significant increase in the presence of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and increased number of its provocative actions.
Particular attention was paid to the situation in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, namely Russia's restriction of freedom of navigation through the Kerch Strait.
In this context, it was emphasized that the recent decisions of the Russian Federation on the long-term restriction of transit through the international strait to ports in the Sea of Azov violate the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982) and therefore deserve strong political and legal assessment by the international community.
Andrii Plakhotniuk expressed gratitude for Sweden's unwavering support for Ukraine's state sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, as well as for the significant practical assistance of the Swedish side in implementing the reform policy in our country.
The Ambassador of Ukraine highly appreciated the active and focused efforts of the Swedish Chairpersonship in the OSCE, aimed at de-escalating the current security situation in the area of the Joint Forces’ operation, as well as along the state border of Ukraine with the Russian Federation.
Ukraine's commitment to the political and diplomatic settlement of the international armed conflict in Donbas has been once again reaffirmed.