Russia rejects arbitration in Arctic Sunrise case - Foreign Ministry

Russia has informed the Netherlands and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea that it does not accept arbitration in the Arctic Sunrise case and will not get involved in the Tribunal's deliberations on provisional measures, a source from the Russian Foreign Ministry told Interfax.

Russia has informed The Netherlands and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea that it does not accept arbitration in the Arctic Sunrise case and will not get involved in the Tribunal's deliberations on provisional measures, a source from the Russian Foreign Ministry told Interfax.

"At the same time, Russia is open for the settlement of this situation," the ministry said in a commentary.

The Netherlands asked the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in The Hague on October 21 to order provisional measures stipulated by Item 5, Article 290 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 in regard to its arbitration claim against Russia.

The measures, which are supposed to protect the interests of a side in the dispute, are taken ahead of the hearings of a case's merits in an arbitration court. The Netherlands asked the Tribunal to order the release of the Arctic Sunrise vessel and its crew and to compel Russia to suspend law enforcement procedures related to this incident.

Moscow also noted that it refused to acknowledge the settlement procedures, which result in mandatory decisions in disputes over sovereign rights and jurisdictions, when it ratified the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1997.

"We are exercising exactly this kind of jurisdiction in the Arctic Sunrise case. The Greenpeace activists violated Russian laws on the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf with their actions against the Prirazlomnaya oilrig on September 18. A criminal investigation of this incident is in progress," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

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