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Ukraine Aims to Retrieve Crimea Through International Court

Published: April 3, 2014 (Issue # 1804)



  • The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, which is the seat of the International Court of Justice.
    Photo: Yeu Ninje / Wikicommons

Ukraine is planning to file a lawsuit against Russia at the International Court of Justice over the annexation of Crimea, the country's foreign minister said.

"We consider Crimea part of Ukraine, we are planning to file lawsuits in international courts against Russia and against Russia's actions in Crimea," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said at a press conference following a meeting with NATO in Brussels, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

"We believe that with international support, we will be able to get Crimea back to Ukraine," Deshchytsia said.

The foreign minister said that the lawsuit would be filed at the Hague-based International Court of Justice, the United Nation's main judicial body, though he did not specify when it would be submitted.

"We are gathering documents now, it may take some time," Deshchytsia said.

Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said Ukraine also planned additional legal action to demand compensation from Russia for scrapping a slew of agreements on the Russian Black Sea fleet's presence in Crimea, Ukrainian news agency UNIAN reported.

The State Duma voted on Monday to approve President Vladimir Putin's bill to abolish three bilateral agreements with Ukraine on the Black Sea fleet's status and the conditions of its stay in Sevastopol in light of the recent annexation of Crimea.

Ukraine will continue to recognize the agreements, Petrenko said, adding that it would demand that Moscow continue providing price discounts for natural gas supplies in exchange for renting the Sevastopol naval base.

Western governments and Ukraine refuse to recognize the Crimea referendum that paved the road for the annexation of the peninsula last month. A UN General Assembly resolution denouncing the referendum as illegal was adopted with an overwhelming 100-11 vote last week.





 


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Wednesday, Sept. 17


AmCham’s Investment and Legal Committee Meeting convenes this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center at 9 a.m.


Learn more about the science of teaching English at today’s EFL Seminar hosted by the British Book Center. Revolving around the topic of learning styles, the workshop will help attendees better understand the different effective learning methods that can be implemented to learn English more effectively.



Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburg’s answer to the United States’ popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genre’s authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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