The Russian sailboat “Sedov” was not allowed into the Estonian territorial waters due to the fact that on board were cadets of the Kerch State Marine Technological University.
This was reported on April 11 by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.
The refusal is due to the fact that Estonia does not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia, the Foreign Ministry explained.
The Russian Embassy in Estonia regarded the ban on the entry of “Sedov” into the territorial waters of Estonia as an unfriendly act, recalling that the country’s president, Kersti Kaljulaid, was going to Moscow on April 18, moreover, it was the Estonian side that requested the meeting, and the Kremlin responded with conditional consent.
Earlier, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Department published an annual report, in which it was suggested that Russia uses passenger and training ship calls to Estonian ports to gather information, military purposes or conduct hidden operations.
Estonian scouts also claim that the Russian Federation has recently begun to use sailboats of state and educational institutions of Russia for reconnaissance purposes, participating in sea trips, regattas and festivals around the world. These trips are accompanied by meetings with local Russian communities, propaganda activities and missionary work of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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