18 Mar 2019 21:14

Putin asks military to make room for yachts in Balaklava Bay

SIMFEROPOL. March 18 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that for developing the yacht tourism in Crimea's Balaklava Bay he ordered that law enforcement agencies 'make way for' yachts there.

At a meeting with members of the public of Crimea and Sevastopol Putin vowed to promote the development of yachting in Crimea and, in particular, in Balaklava Bay.

"It is necessary to build a lot of infrastructure projects there; this is why it is slightly delayed. But I hope that all of this will be implemented soon and we will be able to create a very good base for yachting there. I asked colleagues from law enforcement agencies to move from there, namely, the Border Guard Service, the Defense Ministry, and the Federal Guard Service, so that they will already give an opportunity to Crimea and Sevastopol to develop," the president said.

"Everything has been military here in the Soviet times," he said. "It should be military, but only there where it is necessary. All the rest should be vacated for development. This is one of unique bays in the region of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea and one can make a gem out of it," the president said.