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A bill has been submitted to the State Duma that provides for the recognition of the Sea of ​​Azov as an inland body of water in Russia

A bill has been submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation that provides for the recognition of the Sea of ​​Azov as an inland body of water in Russia. Deputy from Crimea Mikhail Sheremet reported this. It is expected that State Duma deputies will consider and approve this bill before the end of this year.

Sheremet indicated that the relevant committee had already approved the bill, leaving the decision to the deputies. In accordance with this bill, the Sea of ​​Azov will be considered exclusively an internal sea of ​​the Russian Federation, and will no longer be subject to the actions and principles of international law. Sheremet noted that this decision became possible after Ukraine lost its status as a coastal state in the Sea of ​​Azov.

Ukraine's loss of access to the Sea of ​​Azov occurred in 2022 due to the annexation of the Donetsk People's Republic, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, which have access to the sea, to Russia.

It is also reported that the Russian Ministry of Defense plans to create the Azov flotilla as part of the Navy, which will include both new warships and some ships of the Black Sea Fleet.

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