25 August 201511:59

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the international arbitration court ruling in the Arctic Sunrise case


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On August 24, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued an arbitration decision on provisional measures in the Arctic Sunrise case initiated by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Russian Federation did not take part in the proceedings and continues to believe the arbitral tribunal does not have jurisdiction in the case.

Russian officials will examine the verdict in detail once a copy is officially delivered to them; however, we can already conclude that the decision does not fully take into account all the aspects of the incident involving Greenpeace activists, or the laws and judicial practices applicable to the case.

Russia's position on the main subject of the case is set out in a document dated August 5, 2015. Among other things, it describes other countries’ extensive practices in countering and controlling the illegal actions of Greenpeace at sea. To our profound regret, this document was virtually ignored by the international court.

It should be noted that the decision, which is less than perfect in a number of ways, contains obvious errors, including an incorrect interpretation of Russia’s legal status as the legitimate successor to the Soviet Union.

In general, we are seriously concerned that the verdict, in effect, encourages less than peaceful protest activities at sea, which hampers completely legitimate activities in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, thus violating the legal rights of individuals and coastal states alike.


August 25, 2015

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