18:11 Nov. 7, 2016
Authorities plan to bring fruit and construction materials to the occupied peninsula
The Russian-appointed authorities of Sevastopol have announced the resumption of a ferry service between the occupied Crimean peninsula and Turkey, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports.
According to Crimean news sources, the first ferry "Varyag" which departed last week from Sevastopol to the Turkish city of Zonguldak, has already returned with a shipment of fruit, building materials and home appliances.
The ferry line from Sevastopol to Zonguldak was inaugurated in summer 2015, however, its operation was interrupted after Turkey shot down Russian Su-24 military jet.
Cargo and passenger vessels carrying flags of the European Union countries are banned from anchoring at Crimean ports due to the western sanctions, imposed after the illegal annexation of the peninsula in 2014.
Turkey is also among the countries opposed to Russia's annexation of Crimea and one that defends the territorial integrity of Ukraine, but it did not implement the EU and U.S.'s economic sanctions imposed on Russia.
Source: Daily Sabah