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Russia can't return Ukraine's boats captured in Kerch Strait in 2018, - lawyer

So far, it can't be done due to technical conditions of these vessels; however, the Russian side is obliged to do so by the end of the year
08:03, 28 October 2019

Nikolay Polozov
112 Agency

For the time being, Russia cannot bring back the Ukrainian boats it captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. This is because of the technical conditions of these vessels. Nikolai Polozov, the lawyer of the released Ukrainian sailors said this in a commentary for Krym.Realii

"Until now, Russia has not obeyed by the order of the International Tribunal [for the Law of the Sea] in terms of returning the ships. However, as far as I know, there is certain progress in this case, the Russian government is ready to pass the ships. The only problem is the technical conditions of these very ships", he said.

Related: Russia prepares to return ships captured in Kerch Strait, - lawyer

According to Polozov, currently, the boats are being fixed to the point, at which they can navigate again. The Russian side is obliged to pass them by the end of the year.

Related: State Investigation Bureau takes documents on Kerch Strait incident from President’s Office

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