Ukraine protests over Russia's violation of navigation rights in Sea of Azov.

Russia's Novorossiysk NAVTEX station has expanded its service area into the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

Counselor, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Vitalii Moshkivskyi says Ukraine has expressed protest at IMO over Russia's violation of Ukraine's navigation rights in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

"Ukraine expressed its protest at IMO in connection with the unauthorized expansion by the Novorossiysk NAVTEX station of its service area into the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait," he wrote on Facebook on January 17.

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"Only the Berdiansk NAVTEX station of Ukraine has full responsibility for broadcasting MSI [Maritime Safety Information] into this service area. Called on IMO to consider the unauthorized unilateral actions of the Russian Federation, which threaten the safety of navigation," he added.

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