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Russia will disregard International Tribunal's ruling on Greenpeace vessel

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Nov. 23, 2013, 2:17 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Russia is not going to comply with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea's Friday ruling regarding the Arctic Sunrise vessel operated by Greenpeace, Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said.
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Russia is not going to comply with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea's Friday ruling regarding the Arctic Sunrise vessel operated by Greenpeace, Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said.

"It will not, because we said at the very start that we are not going to take part in these proceedings," Ivanov said on Saturday when asked by journalists how Russia will react to the Tribunal's ruling.

Russia ratified the convention based on which this Tribunal acts with a number of reservations, which prevented it from entering these particular proceedings, Ivanov said.

"The issue will be handled not politically but legally, based on Russian law rather than someone's political wishes," he added.

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