Ukraine has initiated arbitration proceedings against Russia for violation of the UN Law of the Sea Convention.
“Ukraine has initiated arbitration proceedings against the Russian Federation to protect its rights as a coastal State for the maritime zones of Crimea in the Black Sea, the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait in accordance with the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention 1982,” said the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in its statement.
Ukraine asks the arbitral tribunal to confirm its right as a coastal State, and oblige the Russian Federation to stop unlawful acts in the relevant sea areas, to provide Ukraine with guarantees and compensate Ukraine all the losses inflicted by the Russian Federation.
It is noted that Ukraine’s rights have been violated and usurped by the Aggressor State in these zones since the beginning of the Russian aggression in Crimea.
“Ukraine seeks to stop violations of the Convention by the Russian Federation, as well as to protect its rights in the Black Sea, the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait, including the rights of Ukraine for the natural resources of the continental shelf of Crimea belonging to the Ukrainian people,” said the Foreign Ministry.
The Ministry stressed that the Russian Federation continued to carry out illegal activities within the maritime zones of Ukraine despite the protests of Ukraine. Therefore, Ukraine is forced to turn to the arbitration in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.