Russian Navy Warns Ukraine Not To Capture Any New Naval Facilities

MOSCOW, Russia -- Russian Navy today warned Ukraine not to capture any new facilities of the hydrographic service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Russian Navy Capt Igor Dygalo

The Russian navy will not permit any new seizures or penetration of other facilities of the hydrographic service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, spokesman for the Russian Navy Capt Igor Dygalo told Itar-Tass news agency.

He was commenting on a statement by the Ukrainian Ambassador Viktor Semenov which said Ukraine intended to establish control over all facilities of the hydrographic service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the Crimea over the next few months.

The Russian navy will not permit a seizure or penetration of other facilities of the Fleet’s hydrographic service, Mr Dygalo said, adding,''for this purpose, we have reinforced protection of these facilities. If attempts are made to penetrate them, protection will be reinforced in compliance with the Regulations of Garrison and Patrol Service." "The position of the main headquarters of the Russian Navy concerning the seizure by the Ukrainian side of the Yalta lighthouse on Friday remains the same. It must be returned to the hydrographic service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet," he noted.

Mr Dygalo said the command of the Russian Navy was sure that all questions surrounding the Ukraine’s seizure of the Yalta lighthouse, would be settled only through negotiations and in compliance with operating acts.

Any other way of settling problem will aggravate the situation, he pointed out.

The Russian and Ukrainian delegations could not reach any agreement during their talks yesterday at Sevastopol, the base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

"Naval officials will continue efforts to settle the situation in a civilized way through negotiations proceeding from the agreement on the Black Sea Fleet's stationing in the Crimea," Mr Dygalo said.

Source: WEbIndia

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