On May 12, the first procedural meeting of the Tribunal on Maritime Law UN Convention was held, within which an arbitration to consider Ukraine's dispute against the Russian Federation was established, the source reported, citing the website of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
According to the report, until February 19, 2018, Ukraine is obliged to prepare documents on arbitration proceedings against Russia, initiated over violating Maritime Law UN Convention of 1982.
The Russian Federation, in turn, has to submit its counter-memorial containing any objections to questions of jurisdiction and/or admissibility in response to the Ukrainian memorandum, any counterclaims and necessary explanations until November 19, 2018.
After that, until April 19, 2019, Ukraine will be able to respond to the Russian counter-memorial, and the Russian Federation will have an opportunity to submit its response objections by September 19, 2019.
Earlier, Ukraine initiated arbitration proceedings against the Russian Federation in September 2016 “in order to protect its rights as a coastal state in the Crimea adjacent waters in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait.”