ECHR turns down Kiev’s request for interim measures concerning Kerch Strait incident

ECHR turns down Kiev’s request for interim measures concerning Kerch Strait incident

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has turned down Ukraine’s request for interim measures concerning the detention of Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait, the Russian Justice Ministry said.

"The arguments and materials provided by the Ukrainian authorities did not persuade the ECHR to grant their request. The Court came to the conclusion that the request did not contain any new arguments and was similar to the previous one, to which the Russian authorities had already responded in full," TASS cited the statement as saying.

On November 25, 2018, three Ukrainian navy ships illegally crossed Russia’s border and tried to carry out some illegal actions in Russian territorial waters later in the day. The three vessels were detained in Russian territorial waters. A criminal investigation was opened into the border incident. The Ukrainian ships’ crew members - 24 Ukrainian nationals - were arrested.

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