Ukraine sends memo to Russia over Black Sea Fleet ecological security threat

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has sent a memo to Russia over a threat to ecological security of the Black Sea.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has sent a memo to Russia over a threat to ecological security of the Black Sea.

"The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry informed Russia with a memo on March 13, 2014, about a white strip of an unknown origin stretching out from the location of the scuttled destroyer Ochakov and divers' hovercraft, along the southern spit of Lake Donuzlav," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry information policy department director Yevhen Perebiynis told a press briefing in Kiev on Thursday.

He said Kiev drew Russia's attention to the potential threat to ecological security of the Black Sea waters created by the illegal actions of Russia and violation of its commitments under the Ukraine-Russia intergovernmental agreement on the provision of ecological security and control in the areas of deployment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on the Ukrainian territory.

"In this connection, the Ukrainian side declares that the entire responsibility for the harm done to the waters and natural resources of the Black Sea rests upon the Russian side. The information has been conveyed to the foreign embassies in Ukraine and the offices of international organizations," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed.

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