(MENAFN - UkrinForm) The powers of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea do not apply to the issue of Ukrainian sailors, and, accordingly, the International Tribunal's order will not be executed.
Russian President's press secretary Dmitry Peskov announced this on Tuesday, TASS News Agency reports.
He recalled the Russian position that the incident in the Kerch Strait did not refer to the jurisdiction of this court (the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea).
As Ukrinform reported, on May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Russia to immediately release Ukrainian military ships and return them to the custody of Ukraine and to immediately release 24 captured sailors.
On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards fired on and seized three Ukrainian Navy ships, the Berdyansk, the Nikopol, and the Yani Kapu, heading from Odesa to Mariupol, near the Kerch Strait. In addition, their crewmembers, 24 Ukrainian sailors, were captured. Three of them were wounded.
A Russian-controlled court in the occupied Crimea arrested all the detained Ukrainian sailors on charges of alleged illegal border crossing. They are held in a remand prison in Moscow now.