Monday, October 7, 2013

Netherlands Sues Russia over Seized Greenpeace Ship

The Netherlands has initiated an international inquiry into Russia’s actions in the Greenpeace ship incident in the Pechora Sea, Reuters reports citing the Dutch authorities. "The Netherlands, as the state under whose flag the Arctic Sunrise sails, today started an arbitration process on the basis of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea” reads the letter by the Dutch Foreign minister Frans Timmermans. The Arctic Sunrise ship was seized by Russian border guards on September 19 in international waters, within Russia's exclusive economic zone, a day after two Greenpeace activists scaled the Prirazlomnaya drilling rig in the Pechora Sea, the southeastern part of the Barents Sea. Greenpeace claimed that the ship was held under armed guard.

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