Survey on the Russian Seizure of Ukrainian Ships in the Sea of Azov
By Marco Rampoldi
Russia has seized two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug after opening fire on them. Six sailors were wounded, and the crew is currently being held captive. Russia’s FSB claims that it was forced to capture the vessels because they had illegally entered their territorial waters. The head of NATO, as well as most EU states have denounced this move. Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to the UN, described the incident as an “outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory” and “another reckless Russian escalation”.
Kerch Strait Incident, 26/11/2018
Does the decision ameliorate the stability of the international system as a whole or does it lead to greater instability and increased tension?
+ 3Strong increase in international stability
+ 2Moderate increase in international stability
+ 1Slight increase in international stability
0No change in international stability
- 1Slight decrease in international stability
- 2Moderate decrease in international stability
- 3Strong decrease in international stability
Is the decision durable and are there the necessary resources to maintain it over an extended period of time?
Pursuing a double major in Political Science and Economics at McGill University. Fascinated by the petro-monarchies, oil markets and terms of trade. Currently flirting with economic development with a focus on property rights and microfinance.