18 Jun 2018 16:32

Poroshenko planning to discuss security threats in Black, Azov seas at EU-Ukraine summit in July

KYIV. June 18 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is planning to discuss with leaders of the European Union during the EU-Ukraine summit on July 9 areas of tensions created by Russia in the Black and Azov seas.

"We count on the EU's strict attitude towards Russia's new security threats in the Black and Azov seas. We will discuss this issue with EU leaders at the summit on July 9," Poroshenko said on his Facebook account.

The Ukrainian president also welcomed the decision of the Council of the EU to extend 'the Crimea package' of anti-Russian sanctions for a year.

Earlier on Monday, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Committee Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov discussed with British Ambassador in Kyiv Judith Gough exacerbation of the situation in the Azov Sea due to a build-up of Russia's military presence there.

As reported, on June 18, the Council of the European Union extended the restrictive measures in response to the "illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia" until June 23, 2019.