During the period of June 7-16, the 98th session of the Maritime Safety Committee was held at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization.
During the consideration of the item 11 of the agenda "Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue" the Ukrainian delegation have made a Declaration. The text of this Declaration was worked out in the close cooperation between SE "MSRS" and the Embassy of Ukraine of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
In the Declaration, it is emphasized on unlawful actions of the Russian Federation that are intended to interfere in activity of Ukraine concerning fulfillment its international obligations in regard to search and rescue at sea. Attention of delegates was drawn to the violation be the Russian side the fundamental principles and norms of the international law in the field of search and rescue, as well as safety of navigation.
On the 23rd of April, 2017, an accident occurred during the regular training of forces and facilities of the Marine Search and Rescue Service. Russian Federation tried to overtake the Ukrainian rescue speedboat. The Ukrainian delegation described such actions of the Russian side as the deliberate provocation that violates provisions of the Agreement on Cooperation regarding Maritime Search and Rescue Services among Black Sea Coastal States 1998 and the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in Maritime and Aviation Search and Rescue in the Black and Azov Seas 2010.
It was also declared that the blatant disregard of principles and norms of the international law and the illegal occupation of the Crimean Peninsula transform the Northern part of the Black Sea into "grey zone" for the international maritime navigation.
Besides, during the session the IMO Secretariat submit the document GMDSS.1/Circ.21 "Master Plan of Shore-Based Facilities for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System". Due to efforts of the Ukrainian side, in this document maritime rescue coordination sub-centers in Kerch and Sevastopol were defined as Ukrainian and such that are temporarily suspended. Thus, permanent attempts of the Russian Federation to declare these sub-centers as "Russian" and "fully functioning" were stopped.