The issue of the jurisdiction of the International Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague to consider the case of Ukraine against Russia on the incident in the Kerch Strait will be resolved in a few months, reported on Saturday, October 16.
The reason for the trial was the conflict that happened on November 25, 2018. On that day, three Ukrainian ships were forcibly stopped by Russian coast guards in international waters near the annexed Crimea while trying to pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea.
Ukrainian servicemen and members of the Security Service of Ukraine who were on the ships were accused of illegal border crossing and held in custody for nine months.
Kiev is confident that the decision will be made in its favor
Ukraine filed a statement of claim in connection with this incident on April 1, 2019. She demanded to admit that the Russian Federation had violated the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. In August 2020, Russia filed a preliminary objection, calling into question the jurisdiction of the arbitration. Hearings in The Hague on these preliminary objections were held from 11 to 16 October.
According to Moscow’s statement, Ukraine is using international arbitration to justify its military adventure. In this context, the Russian Federation recalls that what happened in the Kerch Strait occurred against the background of Kiev’s military build-up in the Azov-Black Sea Sea, as well as other provocative actions aimed at challenging Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea.
The judges’ conclusion is expected in a few months. Kiev is confident of its success and has no doubts that the decision will be made in its favor.