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Russia to close Kerch Strait


Russia’s Ministry of transport is preparing to ban movement of vessels on the Kerch Strait. The movement of ships and vessels will be closed for 19 days in August (August 3-6, 8-10, 14-21 and 28-31), and September 1-4 2017.

The ban will cover the waters of the Kerch Strait, bounded coastline of the occupied Crimea and segments of straight lines connecting the following points:

Cape Yenikale, Kerch north;

approximately 3 kilometers south along Lysyi island from the port of Kavkaz;

the southernmost tip of Tuzla island;

city beach, south of Kerch.

According to the Ministry, the navigation is prohibited to all vessels, except for ships and vessels of the Navy, ships and vessels of the Federal security bodies, and vessels involved in construction of the object “Transport crossing through the Kerch Strait”.

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