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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. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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