Russia had expected the possibility of such a lawsuit being filed in an arbitration court to contest its actions against the crew of the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise and is ready for this litigation, Russian Foreign Ministry official Alexander Lukashevich said.
"We know about the initiative by the Netherlands to go to arbitration. We generally and hypothetically are prepared for this option," Lukashevich told a briefing in Moscow on Thursday.
According to his information, the Netherlands filed a claim with an international court on October 4. "Our Dutch partners have provided their arguments and documents, which are now being studied," Lukashevich said.
Lukashevich reiterated that such claims are to be tried in arbitration courts under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. "This mechanism is used sometimes, whether one wants it or not. For this reason, we will see," he said.
The Arctic Sunrise was detained on September 19 over a protest rally against the oil drilling activities of the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea. The vessel was brought to Murmansk and impounded.
All 30 crew members have been charged with "piracy committed by an organized group." The defendants pled not guilty and refused to testify.
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