13.05.2021

Ukraine resumes gas searches in the Black Sea

The only Ukrainian research vessel ISKATEL on Friday, July 6, will take off in search of oil and gas on the Northwest shelf of the Black Sea.

It is noted that the expedition will last 15 days.

“Seismic and geochemical work will take place within the Kili-Snake ledge and the Krylovsky deflection,” the report said.

As noted by the acting Gosgeonedra chairman Oleg Kirilyuk, while the southern region of the country is the least studied and one of the most promising. According to him, the Black Sea shelf is mastered by only 4%.

The American analyst predicted the beginning of the war in the Sea of ​​Azov

James Brook, columnist for the American publication Atlantic Council, believes that after the end of the World Cup, Russia may start a war for control over the Sea of ​​Azov.

According to Brook, Putin’s drought in the Crimea could provoke a “war for water”.

He notes that the situation in the Black and Azov Seas is now tense: “Ukraine cut off the flow of water to Crimea (blocking the North Crimean Canal), and Russia strangled shipping in Berdyansk and Mariupol, the two largest steel export ports in the Sea of ​​Azov,” the observer says .

James Brook predicts that Russia’s offensive may begin on July 15, that is, immediately after the end of the World Cup: “Putin took his step to invade Crimea immediately after the end of the Sochi Winter Olympics. He can take decisive action again after the World Cup is over, ”Brooke said.

It became known why Russia arranges a blockade of Ukraine in the Sea of ​​Azov

With recent provocations in the waters of the Sea of ​​Azov, the Kremlin seeks to force Ukraine to withdraw from the friendship treaty with Russia, as well as create a “logistic noose” around the Ukrainian Sea of ​​Azov.

This was told by political scientist, director of the Azov Development Agency Konstantin Batozsky.

According to him, in this region Russia pursues several goals at once.

“The first is to create a situation in the waters of the Sea of ​​Azov that will force Ukraine to raise the question of revising the current major treaty of friendship with Russia. This contract is interesting in several aspects. Firstly, it is the status of the Sea of ​​Azov recorded in it as inland waters of Russia and Ukraine. Secondly, mutual recognition by the parties of state borders. If Ukraine unilaterally withdraws from this treaty, then Russia will consider this as a refusal to recognize borders. That is, both the refusal of the struggle both for the Crimea and for the occupied territories. Obviously, the Kremlin uses this argument in the further struggle for recognition of Crimea as Russian territory, ”Batozsky believes.

The political scientist also argues that changing the status of the Sea of ​​Azov will be beneficial for Russia.

“In this case, Moscow will proceed from the fact that the new state border should include Crimea. And since Ukraine will never agree to this, Russia will continue to consider the Sea of ​​Azov as internal waters. That will allow her to justify the uncontrolled buildup of forces in Azov with security and uncertainty considerations, ”he notes.

Another goal of the Kremlin, which is being pursued in the Sea of ​​Azov, is to block Ukrainian trade and create economic problems.

“Russia’s second goal is the creation of a“ logistic noose ”around the Ukrainian Sea of ​​Azov by deliberately, on the verge of law, restricting freedom of navigation. This is done through illegal searches of ships moving to Ukrainian ports by the FSB. Because of this, the route schedule is violated, which leads to direct losses to shipowners. Another way to limit the freedom of navigation is to create permanent traffic jams along the ships through the Kerch-Yenikalsky Strait through far-fetched restrictions associated with the construction of a bridge from mainland Russia to the Ukrainian Crimea. Thus, the “logistic noose” created by Russia causes direct losses to the Mariupol iron and steel works, since it is currently impossible to build up logistics through the existing railway network, ”the expert emphasizes.

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