: Ukraine to initiate arbitration to protect its rights in Russian-occupied Crimea

14:06 Jun. 4, 2016

Ukraine to initiate arbitration to protect its rights in Russian-occupied Crimea

A general view of the Lazurniy beach of Artek summer camp near the town of Gurzuf on the Black Sea in Crimea (GettyImages Photo)

Kyiv is looking to defend interests in accordance with UN Law of the sea convention. 

Ukraine wants to defend its national interests in the Russian-occupied Crimea. Kyiv is going to initiate an arbitration process to protect its natural resources on the peninsula in accordance with UN Law of the Sea convention. This is reported by the country's Interior Ministry, according to RFE/RL.

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"In the nearest future Ukraine is going to initiate a dispute and start arbitration procedures. This decision is aimed at ensuring our rights and interests, guaranteed by the UN Law of the Sea convention and violated by the Russian Federation. The disputed areas are going to be the parts of the Black and Azov Seas, including the natural resources", said in the statement.

Ukrainian officials explain, the arbitration is possible thanks to a decree, signed by the country's President Petro Poroshenko on June 3. According to it, Kyiv is going to expand the mandate of its delegation, which participates in negotiations with Russian reps regarding Moscow's violations of its international obligations.

Russia, in turn, does not provide any information about such negotiations.

Read also: Russia stocks up nuclear weapons in Crimea

Earlier Ukraine's Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko said, Ukraine had filed around 700 lawsuits against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights. These lawsuits concerned Russia's participation in the conflicts in Crimea and Donbas, Petrenko told.



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