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Ukraine to urge Germany to impose Hamburg sanctions on Russia

Ukrainian ambassador to Germany regarded the decision of the International Maritime Tribunal in Hamburg as the diplomatic victory in the case on the release of 24 POW Ukrainian sailors
09:19, 26 May 2019

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Ukraine will call on Germany to implement “Hamburg sanctions” if Russia refuses to fulfill the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea concerning the release of Ukrainian sailors. Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said this to Ukrinform.

“If Moscow decides to ignore the decision, we will support the idea of imposing new Hamburg sanctions on Russia,” the diplomat claimed.

According to Melnyk, he urged Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas to demand from Kremlin to implement the verdict of the International Maritime Tribunal immediately.

Related: ITLOS obliges Russia to report on release of Ukrainian sailors no later than June 25

The ambassador regarded the decision of the International Maritime Tribunal in Hamburg as the diplomatic victory and additional and very powerful bargaining chip in the case on the release of 24 Ukrainian sailors, who are being illegally kept in a Russian prison.

Russia is obliged to implement the decision of the International Maritime Tribunal until June 25, 2019. The decision was made today, May 25, during a meeting in Hamburg.

Related: Kyiv expects Russia to fully implement UN Maritime Tribunal decision on Ukrainian sailors

The International Maritime Tribunal today, on May 25, demanded from Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships and ensure their return to Ukraine. Ukraine is counting on Russia’s speedy implementation of the decision.

We recall, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.

As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.
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