Turkish authorities accept ship’s documents issued in the annexed Crimea, though such documents had to be previously issued in the Russian port of Novorossiysk.
This was stated by Russian Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbek.
“Since November 2015 the Varyag ferry has left Sevastopol for Novorossiysk to process the corresponding ship’s papers and then it could stand for a Turkish port due to the Turkish side has not accepted the documentation issued in Crimea, considering our peninsula sanction area. In November 2016 Varyag made its first voyage directly from Sevastopol to Zonguldak with documents issued in Crimea and Turkey recognized them and provided the vessel with all necessary port services. What is this but a flaw in the sanction blockade?” posted Balbek in Facebook.
At the same time, according to him, the official Turkish authorities turn a blind eye to this fact, do not make any statements and distance themselves from Crimea.
As a reminder the Varyag ferry restarted voyaging from Sevastopol to the port of Zonguldak (Turkey) in November 2016.
The Court of Odessa (Ukraine) has granted a Military Prosecutor’s request to arrest the Varyag ferry (ІMO 8019887), illegally plying between the ports of Sevastopol and Zonguldak (Turkey).