Jurisdiction Issue Could Be Decided Within Six Months
Russia has objected to the Permanent Court of Arbitration having jurisdiction over the claim Ukraine has brought before it against Russia
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The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague may decide on the jurisdiction issue over a lawsuit on Russia’s violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and in the Kerch Strait filed by Ukraine within six months.
“We are waiting for the date and the decision of the Tribunal within six months. This will definitively become known by the end of the year,” Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister, Agent of Ukraine Olena Zerkal told reporters, a Ukrinform correspondent reports from The Hague, Netherlands.
She expressed hope that the Ukrainian side would convince the Court that it had jurisdiction and the case would be considered on the merits.
“On Thursday morning [July 13, 2019], we will hear their [Russia’s] objections to our position. On Friday afternoon [July 14, 2019], we will end this week with presenting the Ukrainian position, and then we will wait for the Court’s decision on jurisdiction. In fact, we are glad that Russians are participating in this process. And we hope that they will respect the decision of the Tribunal in accordance with the Convention, just as we hope that they will enforce the order on our captured sailors,” Zerkal said.
She also recalled that the tribunal was formed by two parties. In December 2016, an agreement with the Russian Federation was reached on the composition of arbitrators. According to the Ukrainian deputy foreign minister, the consultations with representatives of the Russian Federation were held in Minsk in the summer of 2016.
“We shared our views on their violations. Russians said they did not consider that to be a violation since Crimea was their territory so they did not view any of their actions in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and in the Kerch Strait as violations. After that statement, we had no reason to continue those consultations,” Zerkal explained.