"Russia Refuses Law of the Sea Arbitration in Greenpeace Case"

"AMSTERDAM -- Russia will not accept an international arbitration process under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea at which The Netherlands is seeking the release of the Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its crew."

"The Russian Foreign Ministry says it will not attend the hearing at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. At that hearing, The Netherlands will ask the tribunal to direct Russia to release the Arctic Sunrise and its crew and allow them to leave Russian territory.

A Greenpeace activist uses ropes to ascend the hull of the Russian oil platform Prirazlomnaya at dawn September 18, 2013. The platform crew pours water on the activist from the deck. (Framegrab from video courtesy Greenpeace)

“Activists of the Greenpeace actions in relation to the platform Prirazlomnaya on 18 September violated Russian law on the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf. A criminal investigation into the incident [is ongoing],” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday."

Environment News Service had the story October 24, 2013.

Source: ENS, 10/25/2013