Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia will pay a huge fine in accordance with Kyiv’s claim in The Hague Arbitration Court

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, claims that the amount of compensation from Russia for violations of Ukraine's rights in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, and the Kerch Strait will be significant, however the amount of compensation will be determined by the International Tribunal.

"We deliberately do not publicize the amount, because Russia continues to violate the rights of Ukraine, and Russia will pay for it - the amount will be determined by the Arbitration Court. The sum will be very significant ... it will not be millions, not tens and not hundreds of millions," he said at a joint press conference with Albanian Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati, on Thursday in Kyiv.

According to him, the amount will be significant, since it concerns violations of the rights of Ukraine in the Black, Azov Seas, and the Kerch Strait.

"This covers everything, starting from the opportunity to mine on our shelf and use our shelf that were seized, to using living resources and cultural heritage," the diplomat explained.

Previously it was reported that the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed an order on February 19, 2018 on the representation of Ukraine in the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague regarding the violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It stipulates that the protection of the interests of Ukraine is entrusted to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Integration, Olena Zerkal.

The Foreign Ministry reported that Ukraine sent a memorandum on February 19th within the framework of the arbitration proceedings against the Russian Federation under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which proves the violation by Russia of the sovereign right in the Black and Azov Seas, and in the Kerch Strait.

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