Ukraine completes the memorandum within its lawsuit against Russia - for the violation of Ukrainian and the international maritime law; the document will be submitted for consideration by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in February 2018. Olena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister for EU integration affairs said that in her interview for Channel 5.
According to her, the reason is that Russia has been violating the UN convention and the international maritime law – as well as that of Ukraine.
‘We are finishing the memorandum on the maritime convention, and it will be submitted for the Tribunal’s consideration in February 2018,’ she said, adding that after the document is submitted, Russia will have three months for claiming objections; Ukraine will then have the right to respond to them.
On December 26, the Russian Cabinet approved the draft bill on the mineral development of the non-developed sections of sea shelves of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Sergei Donskoi, Russian minister for natural resources and environment said this as quoted by TASS news agency.
‘The document will settle the legal questions concerning the mineral resource use in the subsoil mines located in the Blacks Sea and the Sea of Azov – under the respective decision made by the government,’ he said.
The current edition of the law foresees that the Cabinet will assign these auctions, appoint the jury members and define the conditions of auctioning.
Under the draft law, all respective licenses issued by Ukraine before the annexation of Crimea will be canceled.
Next, the bill is to be submitted to the Parliament.
Ukraine has been suing Russia, protesting against the illegal production and use of its mineral resources in the waters of the annexed Crimea.