ICAO backs Ukraine’s rights over Black Sea

UN aviation agency ICAO is insisting that the right to provide air navigation services in international airspace over the Black Sea within Simferopol flight information region belongs exclusively to Ukraine.

In a statement, UkSATSE as the Ukrainian national provider of air navigation services said Russia has no legal grounds to seize this airspace and interfere with the work of air traffic services in Ukraine.

It said ICAO’s position was confirmed during negotiations between representatives of Ukraine and Russian Federation on the issue of safety in the airspace over the Crimea and the open seas, which is under the jurisdiction of Ukraine.

The first round of negotiations took place on April 8 in the European and North Atlantic Office of ICAO in Paris.

UkSATSE cited instances of Russia’s unlawful seizure of radiofrequencies spectrum that belongs to Ukraine, misuse of 121.5 MHz emergency frequency and unauthorised use by third parties of operational radio frequencies used at Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk Area Control Centres (ACC) are the major threats to the safety of flights.

Ukraine has also officially condemned Russian Federation for the violation of a number of international, multilateral and bilateral agreements and also of the provisions of the European Air Navigation Plan and the Chicago Convention.

“Russia blatantly ignores the principles of establishment of boundaries of flight information regions (FIRs) contained in the Chicago Convention and its Annexes,” said UkSATSE. “Such behaviour from the perspective of international law is unacceptable and is classified as open terrorism not only against Ukraine but also against international aviation community.”

It said the Russian Federation had made groundless assumptions over technical problems and that it was outraged by the fact that UkSATSE provides air traffic control over the Black Sea from Dnipropetrovsk and Odesa ACCs.

“This “serious” reason gave way for the Russian Federation’s piratical seizure of the international airspace, which does not belong to Russia,” said UkSATSE which added that it will continue to provide air traffic service in the international airspace within Simferopol FIR. “Malicious attempts of the Russian Federation to unilaterally annex this airspace under the guise of the principles of the former Soviet Union cannot be the basis for the changes of air borders of the Black Sea region,” it said.

UkSATSE said Russia’s ‘invasion’ of the its airspace jurisdiction would have ‘irreversible consequences for Russian air traffic control and Russian airlines’.

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