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Ukraine’s parliament adopts law extending control functions of border guards in area adjacent to sea

Ukraine’s parliament adopts law extending control functions of border guards in area adjacent to sea

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the draft law #8361 on the adjacent zone of Ukraine in the second reading and generally. 244 MPs supported the law at the second time as 112 Ukraine reported.
The adjacent territory of Ukraine was defined as the belt of sea adjoining to the territorial sea of Ukraine, the outer edge of which is placed not further than 24 nautical miles from the line delimiting Ukrainian territorial waters.

It is established that Ukraine controls the adjacent territory to prevent the violation of the customs, tax, migration and sanitary legislation and to prosecute for such violations committed within Ukraine’s territory, including the inland waters and territorial sea.
The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine provides a right to stop and check the ships and arrest the vessels and crews’ members, excluding the military vessels and other state ships used for non-commercial purposes.

The Border Guard Service gets the right to pursue a vessel-perpetrator. The pursue stops when the ship enters the territorial sea of another state under the flag of which it goes or under the flag of another country.
The officers of the Border Guard Service can involve authorized bodies of state power, which can deal with the prevention of the violation of the customs, tax, migration and sanitary legislation.

“The officers, workers of the authorized body apply and use physical force, special means, weaponry and hardware in the case and order provided by a law,” the adopted law says. 4
The shutdown of the automatic identification system by the vessel, excluding military vessels other state ships used for non-commercial purposes can become the reason for the stop.

The Cabinet of Ministers should establish the way the archeological, historical and cultural heritage objects will be studied in the adjacent zone.
The law will come into force the next day after the official publishing.
Earlier we reported that the U.S. is preparing to send a military vessel to the Black Sea.
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