“Nice and in accordance with international law”: Kuleba promised to “crush” Russia in The Hague

Kuleba specified that Ukraine crushes with “iron logic of legal arguments.”The second round of debates between Ukraine and Russia on the illegal seizure of 3 Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait in 2018 began in The Hague / photo REUTERSThe second round of debates between Ukraine and Russia on the illegal seizure of 3 Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait in 2018 began in The Hague / photo REUTERS

The second round of debates between Ukraine and Russia on the illegal seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait in 2018 began in The Hague . At the trial, the Ukrainian side smashed the Russian manipulations, proving that the Kremlin is consistently trying to avoid responsibility for what was done.

As reported on the official website of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine in Facebook , the position of Ukraine in the Court of Arbitration in The Hague defended the professional legal team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry stressed that Ukrainian diplomats and lawyers proved to the court that Russia is consistent only in its desire to avoid responsibility for its actions. 

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba promised the aggressor country a worthy response.

“When the Russians rammed“ Yana Kapu ”, they laughed and shouted“ Push him! ”We also know how to push. Not with the iron board of the ship. We push with the iron logic of legal arguments. And we’ll crush the Russian criminals. Beautifully and in accordance with international law” the minister noted.

To this end, Ukraine uses three long-term tools to bring Russia to legal responsibility: “legal cold calculation, iron legal arguments and consistent, systematic work in accordance with the Strategy of Ukraine’s foreign policy,” Kuleba stressed.

In addition, the Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact that Ukraine’s victory in the seizure of ships and the capture of our sailors is important for the world as a whole. After all, it will be a signal to the international community and individual states that the rules must not be violated.

Russian seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait region: what is known

At the end of November 2018, Russia seized the Ukrainian tug  Yany Kapu and small boats Berdyansk and Nikopol, heading from Odessa to Mariupol, near the Kerch Strait .

24 Ukrainian servicemen were accused of “illegal border crossing with the use of violence or the threat of its use.”

The UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled in May 2019 that Russia should release the sailors and hand over the vessel to Ukraine.

In September, as part of a mutual exchange of prisoners, the sailors returned home , in November Russia handed over the captured ships to Ukraine.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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