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Ukraine to turn to BSEC if ecological disaster threat due to Kerch bridge is confirmed

Also, the perspectives of sanctions and conviction in absentia are worked out with foreign colleagues
14:12, 12 December 2017

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If the expert evaluation confirms the threat of an ecological catastrophe due to the construction of the Kerch bridge in the occupied Crimea, Ukraine will appeal to the countries of the Black Sea Cooperation for investigation. This was stated by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko at a briefing on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"Within the criminal proceeding of the Crimean prosecutor's office, an environmental assessment is underway. If it confirms the likelihood of an environmental disaster, we plan to ask the countries of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) - Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey - to create, within the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters a joint investigation team for pre-trial investigation. And then to conduct the investigation on the construction of this bridge. Therefore, we are also working with our foreign colleagues on the prospects for conviction in absentia as well as economic sanctions,"Lutsenko said.

Related: Ukraine to sue Russia for ecological damage of Kerch bridge construction

As it was reported earlier the ongoing construction of the bridge over Kerch Strait could vastly interfere with Ukraine’s transport connection with international markets. Marie Yovanovitch, the ambassador of the United States in Ukraine said that during her speech, which she delivered at the international conference for maritime security in Kyiv.

The ambassador added that Crimea’s annexation caused Ukraine to lose 70 percent of its Navy. She also slammed Russia for exploiting Ukraine’s gas depots in the Black Sea shelf.

Related: International Arbitration to consider appeal of Ukraine against Russia on Kerch Bridge building

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