5/25/2019, 2:20 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russia should release Ukraine sailors - Int'l court

Russia should "immediately" release 24 Ukrainian sailors it detained last year at the Kerch Strait, next to the disputed Crimea, and give Ukraine back its three vessels, according to the United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruling released on Saturday. Out of court's 20 judges, only one Russian judge voted against.

The court based in Hamburg, Germany noted that Russia's absence from the hearing could not be a reason not to consider the case. Moscow's position is that Kerch Strait belongs to Russia's territorial waters, hence it's not within the jurisdiction of the international tribunal, which it stated in a note sent by the embassy in Berlin. From the standpoint of international law, however, Crimea is a part of Ukraine, which gives Ukrainian ships the right of passage through the strait.

The ruling also states that both Russia and Ukraine must submit reports on the Kerch incident by June 25.

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