Poland bans Russian sailship from territorial waters

On board the Russian sailing ship Sedov there are cadets from the Kerch State Marine Technological University, which is located in the annexed Crimea. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki has denied the Russian sailing ship Sedov entry into Polish territorial waters, the Foreign Ministry informed PAP on Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ewa Suwara said the ban was passed because there are cadets from the Kerch State Marine Technological University, which is located in the annexed Crimea, on board the ship, and its admission would run contrary to the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea.

"The prime minister's decision is negative. We believe the ship's admission to Polish waters would run against the policy of respect for Ukraine's territorial integrity and the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea," Suwara said.

On Thursday the Russian TASS news agency reported that the Sedov took course for Poland after being refused entry into Estonian waters for similar reasons.