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UN Maritime Tribunal recognizes its competence in the lawsuit of Ukraine against Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The lawsuit concerns the implementation of the UN conventions on the law of the sea in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov
18:22, 22 February 2020

Associated Press

The UN Maritime Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague recognized its legal competence in the case of Ukraine’s claims against Russia. This is stated in the message of the Ukraine's Foreign Ministry.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that we are talking about the illegal construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait and the stopping of Ukrainian vessels that go to the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk.

At the same time, the tribunal decided not to consider the requirements of Ukraine regarding coastal waters near the annexed Crimea.

In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow was satisfied with the arbitration decision. The ministry notes that it will analyze the findings of the tribunal as part of the preparation of a response memorandum on the merits of the dispute.

As you know, Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia in a tribunal in The Hague in the fall of 2016. Kyiv accuses Moscow of violating international maritime law. The Ukrainian department noted that Russia is preventing Ukraine from using natural resources from its own marine areas, including fish resources, as well as oil and gas reserves.

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

Related: Ministry of Defense considers return of captured ships by Russia as execution of decision of Maritime Tribunal

 
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