Estonia denies Russian sailing ship entry into territorial waters because of Crimean cadets on board

Estonia has banned the Russian sailing ship Sedov from entering its territorial waters, because there are cadets from the Kerch State Marine Technological University, which is located in the annexed Crimea, on board the ship, reports EER.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, the admission of the ship would be contrary to the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea. “Estonia does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and, in our opinion, issuing a permit to the training vessel would contradict the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea,” stated the ministry in a statement issued on April 10.

Sedov’s entry into Estonian waters was scheduled for April 13–14, a few days before the visit of Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to Moscow.

The Russian Embassy in Tallinn called this entry ban an “unfriendly act”.

  Russia, Estonia, Europe, Kersti Kaljulaid

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