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Russian vessel “Sedov” denied entry into Estonian waters

Russian training vessel “Sedov” is heading to Poland’s Gdynia port after being refused entry into Estonian territorial waters. Estonian authorities claim that Crimean trainees are aboard the ship and that accepting them would contradict the policy of denying Crimea’s annexation.

“Currently, the vessel is heading towards the Polish coast. The training vessel’s docking in Gdynia is planned for the April 13th,” Irina Obrazcova, the press agent of the Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy, told the TASS Russian News Agency.

Ewa Suwara, the spokeswoman of the Polish Foreign Ministry said the Ministry is currently monitoring “Sedov’s” situation and is in contact with Estonian authorities.

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that the sail training “Sedov” was not allowed to enter Estonian waters due to the presence of Kerch State Maritime Technological University students from occupied Crimea. 

“Estonia does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and we believe that allowing the training ship passage would contradict the policy of denying Crimea’s annexation,” the Ministry added. 

The ship’s arrival in Estonian waters was to come a few days before Estonian President Kesti Kalujlaid’s visit to Moscow. The Russian embassy in Tallinn called the decision of Estonian authorities an “unfriendly act.”

In March, the department of the Estonian foreign intelligence warned that Russian civil vessels have increasingly often fulfilled the missions of the Russian secret services.

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