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A senior Russian senator says the
American bill allowing the US Navy to enforce international sanctions on North Korea through the control of Russian ports is a violation of international law, and is equal to a declaration of war.
“The realization of this [US] bill includes a
proposed force scenario in which the US
Navy would conduct compulsory
inspections of all ships. Such a scenario is
simply unthinkable because it means a
declaration of war,” RIA Novosti quoted
upper house Committee for International
Relations head Konstantin Kosachev as
The comment came shortly after the US
Congress approved the bill with additional
sanctions against North Korea, allowing
for the possible establishment of US
control over seaports and sea routes in
the Far East, including the Russian ports
of Vanino, Nakhodka and Vladivostok.
The bill also expands the powers of the
president of the United States to impose
sanctions against individuals who violate
certain UN Security Council resolutions.
The bill has to be passed by the US
Senate and signed by the US president
himself to come into force, and Kosachev
expressed hope that this would never
The senator emphasized that no one had
given the United States official powers to
enforce the UN Security Council
resolution on North Korea, and said that
Washington is trying to establish the
primacy of US laws over international
Russian lower house lawmakers also
described the fresh US motion as a threat
to global security, warning that Russia
would be forced to undertake reciprocal
measures if the bill passed into law.
The deputy chairman of the State Duma
Committee for Defense and Security,
Frants Klintsevich, said that the possibility
of external control over Russian sea ports
was out of the question, but the mere
fact that US lawmakers were discussing
the proposal was definitely a hostile act.
He added that it was extremely unlikely
that the US motion would force North
Korea to change its course.
“What immediately draws attention is the
list of nations where US congressmen
want to have special control over sea
ports,” he said. “These are Russia, China,
Iran and Syria. The United States is again
trying to expand its jurisdiction all over the
globe. It is as if they were telling Russia,
China, Iran and Syria that these nations
are suspects in crime, which is nonsense,
according to international law .”
Another deputy head of the same
committee, Andrey Krasov, said that the
US bill will face an appropriate response from Russia, should it be passed.
” The US administration will receive a symmetrical adequate response to any unfriendly steps toward Russia and our allies. In any case, no US ship will enter our waters,” Krasov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
Last week, Russia expressed support for
a Chinese initiative at the UN Security
Council aimed at resolving the ongoing
crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
The draft resolution proposes that North Korea
refrain from missile and nuclear testing, and that the United States and South
Korea undertake not to hold any militaryexercises in the region.
In addition, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has urged Washington and Seoul to reconsider their decision to put the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula, warning that it will serve as a “destabilizing factor” in the region.