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Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ukraine explained the situation with British ships payments in the Crimea ports

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland continues to recognize the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

"The UK is committed to territorial integrity of Ukraine and to upholding sanctions on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea. Reports that sanctions against Crimea have been relaxed are incorrect," said Melinda Simmons, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ukraine.

According to her, the General Licence issued by HM Treasury for the Crimea Sea Ports mirrors the licensing derogation in Article 6a of the EU Council Regulation No 269/2014 in both purpose and in scope and therefore maintains the same policy impact.

Info and guidance on General Licences are available on OFSI’s http://gov.uk page.

Recall that British merchant ships from January 1, 2021 received received permission to transfer transit payments for passage through the Kerch Strait and payments for the Crimean ports use.

In accordance with the amendments, British ships are now allowed to pay for port services of the State Unitary Enterprise Crimean Sea Ports.

This applies to the Kerch Fishery Port, Yalta and Evpatoria Commercial Ports. Also, the ban on payment for the services provided by Gosgidrografiya and by Port-Terminal branches of the Crimean Sea Ports is lifted.

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