Russia urges arbitration panel to toss out Black Sea case

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Russia urged an international arbitration panel Monday to throw out a case filed by Ukraine linked to mineral and fishing rights in waters around the Crimean Peninsula.

Preliminary hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration stem from Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, a move that Ukraine and most of the world view as illegal.

Russian lawyers argue that the arbitration case is an attempt by Ukraine to have the international panel rule on that dispute.

"It is obvious that Ukraine tries to draw Russia into addressing the merits of the legal dispute on the legality of Crimea's accession to the Russian Federation," said Dmitry Lobach, the head of Russia's legal team at the hearing.Read more on NewsOK.com

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Russia urged an international arbitration panel Monday to throw out a case filed by Ukraine linked to mineral and fishing rights in waters around the Crimean Peninsula.

Preliminary hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration stem from Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, a move that Ukraine and most of the world view as illegal.

Russian lawyers argue that the arbitration case is an attempt by Ukraine to have the international panel rule on that dispute.

"It is obvious that Ukraine tries to draw Russia into addressing the merits of the legal dispute on the legality of Crimea's accession to the Russian Federation," said Dmitry Lobach, the head of Russia's legal team at the hearing.
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