Ukraine to Seek New Sanctions on Russia if it Ignores UN Maritime Tribunal Ruling
“Ukraine achieved a convincing diplomatic victory and a powerful additional international legal trump card in order to achieve the earliest possible release of our sailors” - Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrii Melnik
Kyiv will seek new sanctions against Russia if it ignores the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruling that Russia’s captive Ukrainian sailors be freed.
“Ukraine achieved a convincing diplomatic victory and a powerful additional international legal trump card in order to achieve the earliest possible release of our sailors,” Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andrii Melnik said, Ukrinform reports. “If Moscow decides to ignore this decision, then we will promote the idea of introducing new Hamburg sanctions against Russia,” he said.
On Saturday, the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled that Russia release the 24 Ukrainian sailors and three ships it captured in November.
The Ukrainian Navy three vessels had entered the Kerch Strait to make a transfer from Odesa to Mariupol. The Kerch Strait connects the Russian mainland to the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014. In response to the Ukrainian naval vessels crossing the Kerch Strait, Russian security forces seized the three vessels and took the sailors aboard captive.
The European Union, NATO, and other international bodies have called on Moscow to release the ships and the detained sailors.
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