On October 25, the EU Parliament backed a resolution supporing Ukraine in its conflict with Russia in the Sea of Azov.
The joint resolution, which passed during the session, had been proposed by the five biggest political groups in the parliament — The European People’s Party, the Socialists and Democrats, the European Conservatives and Reformists, the Greens, and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats.
It calls for the appointment of an EU Special Envoy for Crimea and Donbas, with responsibilities covering the Azov Sea.
“The EP urges the Vice-President of the Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (Federica Mogherini), together with the EU Member States in the European Council, to make it clear that the targeted sanctions against Russia will be reinforced if the conflict in the Azov Sea escalates further,” the document says. “(The parliament) considers, in this regard, that it would be very useful to appoint an EU Special Envoy for Crimea and the Donbas region, whose responsibilities would also cover the Sea of Azov.”
Thus, the resolution blaimes Moscow for the current crisis in the Sea of Azov. It shoul be noted that the crisis started when Ukraine undertaken a series of hostile actions against Russia, including detining vessels under the Russian flag there. Moscow responded by deploying additional coastal guard forces in order to defend its waters as well as started checking ships moving to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.