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Global tribunal to hear Ukraine, Russia sea dispute

AFP  |  The Hague 

The Permanent Court of will in June hear Russia's objections against a move by to drag it before the world' oldest body over rights to coastal waters around annexed

snatched the peninsula from in 2014 and was being accused by the West of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov, used by both and

in September 2016 dragged to the Hague-based PCA, saying it instituted under international maritime laws "to vindicate its rights as the coastal state in maritime zones adjacent to in the Black Sea, Sea of and "

It asked the arbitral tribunal to "enforce its maritime rights by ordering the Russian Federation to cease its internationally wrongful actions in the relevant waters."

in turn indicated it would submit its objections in the case to the PCA, with a public hearing scheduled for June.

"The opening statement of the Russian Federation will be delivered on Monday, 10 June at 10 am (local time)," the PCA said in a statement Tuesday.

Ukraine's opening statement will be delivered a day later, it added.

in November fired and seized three vessels, capturing dozens of sailors near the Kerch Strait, as they tried to pass from the to the Sea.

The incident was the first open military clash between and since 2014, when the was annexed and a pro-Russian insurgency erupted in eastern

NATO earlier this month said the alliance planned to address "the aggressive actions of Russia" in the

Kay Bailey, to NATO added that allies would send more ships to the area to ensure that "countries in and around the Black Sea are safe from Russian meddling."

Moscow in turn criticised the Black Sea plan, saying it regretted that the alliance "has no intention to renounce its political and military confrontation with Russia" asking instead to de-escalate "military and political tensions."

Set up in 1899, the PCA is the world's oldest arbitral tribunal and resolves disputes between countries and private parties through referring to contracts, special agreements and various treaties, such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 17:35 IST