Banned from access to the ports of Finistère, the “Shtandart” intends to try to enter the port of Brest

Banned from access to the ports of Finistère, the “Shtandart” intends to try to enter the port of Brest
Banned from access to the ports of Finistère, the “Shtandart” intends to try to enter the port of Brest

He refuses to comply with the decision of the prefect of Finistère to prohibit the Russian ship from accessing the department’s ports. Shtandartusually moored in La Rochelle, is heading this Tuesday towards Brest, with the firm intention of reaching the port of the Cité du Ponant.We are going to enter Brest with the Belem and other boats. I don’t know if the police will stop me or not, but I will try“, Vladimir Martus, captain of this three-masted ship, an exact replica of a frigate of Tsar Peter the Great, told AFP.

Action en justice

The ship was due to take part in the Brest Maritime Festival which begins on Friday 12 July, but following a clarification in the sanctions applicable against Russia, the Finistère prefecture decided to deny him access. The European sanctions have been extended since June 24 to include historical replica ships. The ship’s Russian flag had been controversial for months, since Russia attacked Ukraine, and it had decided to change it to that of the Cook Islands last spring.

Vladimir Martus told AFP that he considered the prefect’s order to be “notnot done legally“, and that he had asked his lawyer to challenge this order in court, without giving more details on the details of this legal action.

The Shtandart planned to reach the Breton port on Wednesday. And while waiting for him, around twenty people demonstrated against his arrival on Tuesday in front of Brest city hall, including former MP Jean-Charles Larsonneur.

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