Denmark not to close Baltic Sea to Russian oil

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The Danish authorities will not be able to close the Baltic Sea to tankers that can transport Russian oil since the Baltic Straits are international waters, the Swiss publication Tages-Anzeiger writes.

On June 17, the Danish Foreign Ministry said that the country's authorities were considering the possibility of introducing restrictions on the movement of tankers that could transport Russian oil in the Baltic Sea. At the same time, Denmark does not have a legal right to impose such a ban since the Baltic straits are international waters. Thus, all countries have an equal right to use them.

The Tages-Anzeiger material notes that the introduction of such a restriction requires the consent of other countries. Denmark is already negotiating with other countries in the Baltic region and the EU about the possibility of limiting the passage of old tankers. According to the Danish authorities, Russia bypasses Western sanctions by transporting oil on old tankers across the Baltic Sea, which negatively affects the ecology of the region.

The Russian Ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, considers such restrictions unacceptable. They will become a threat to all shipping in the Baltic Sea.

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