Russia has taken no part in the Arctic Sunrise arbitration hearing and believes that the arbitration tribunal formed to address this case has no proper jurisdiction.
"The Russian Federation has not participated in that proceeding and it still believes that the formed arbitration tribunal has no jurisdiction in this case," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a commentary.
The commentary pointed to a number of inaccuracies in the arbitration court's judgment. "It should be noted that the arbitration court's judgment is not impeccable by a whole range of parameters and contains obvious inaccuracies, for instance, in its interpretation of Russia's legal status as a state successor to the Soviet Union," she said.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) decided on August 24 on temporary measures regarding the Arctic Sunrise case initiated by the Netherlands.
"After a copy of the arbitration judgment is formally received, the Russian side will study it in detail. Yet it is already possible to conclude that this judgment does not fully take into account all the aspects of the incident involving Greenpeace activities, as well as the legal norms and court practice related to this case," Zakharova said.
Russia spelled out its standpoint on the major issues of this proceeding in a document posted on August 5, 2015. The document cited numerous practices of states countering and stopping illegal Greenpeace actions in the sea. "We regret that the arbitration court has actually ignored it," the commentary said.
"On the whole, we are seriously concerned by the fact that this judgment actually encourages maritime protests which are far from being peaceful and which create impediments for absolutely lawful activities in the exclusive economic zone and on the continental shelf, and thereby violate the lawful rights of individuals and littoral states," Zakharova said.
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