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    News    6 November 2019, 10:45
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International Hydrographic Organizations PRIMAR (Norway) and IC-ENC (United Kingdom) removed Russian maps on Ukrainian waters from their catalogs, - Vladyslav Kryklii

6 November 2019, 10:45

The Russian Federation illegally implemented marine electronic navigation charts (ENCs) on the territory of Ukraine, thereby creating a threat to navigation in the Black and Azov Seas. Russian maps on the territory of Ukraine began to be produced and sold on the international market as early as 2008-2012. The situation became more acute after the annexation of Crimea.

Vladyslav Kryklii, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine said that thanks to the work of the State Hydrographic Service of Ukraine a principled result was achieved. "Regional centers of electronic maps of the International Hydrographic Organization PRIMAR (Norway) and IC-ENC (United Kingdom) remove Russian maps from their catalogs for the safety of shipping seas and compliance with and implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution A / Res / 68/262", - the Minister said.

"We are grateful to the international community for supporting Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea, illegal construction, and operation of the bridge in the Kerch Strait - these actions of the Russian Federation not only violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine but also create threats to the safety of navigation in the Azov and Black Seas. We hope for further attention of all countries of the world to this problem," - the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine said.

Mr. Tim Lowe,  Chief Executive Officer of the UK Hydrographic Office,  said in his letter that the United Kingdom and our partners in the European Union do not acknowledge illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. "The UK Hydrographic Service is an agency that reports to the UK government and adheres to a policy course based on an EU course on the non-recognition of Russia's control over Crimea. The EU course provides that the Member States, international organizations, and specialized agencies do not recognize any change in the status of Crimea or the Sevastopol Black Sea Port. They refrain from actions or relationships that may be interpreted as recognition (under the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine (A/Res/68/262)). The policy of the United Kingdom Government will remain unchanged after the United Kingdom will leave the European Union".

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