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 Russia must immediately return "Boiko’s oil rigs” to Ukraine, - Foreign Ministry

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has conveyed deep outrage regarding the displacement of two self-elevating drilling rigs and ‘Tavrida’ oil platform in the Black Sea by the Russian side.

Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"We regard the defiant change of location of B-312 and B-319 self-elevating drilling rigs and 'Tavrida' oil platform in the Black Sea, which are the property of Ukraine, by the Russian side as yet another episode of large-scale looting of property and natural resources, which is being carried out by the aggressor state during occupation of part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. This act, which has complemented the list of proofs of predatory behavior of the Russian Federation and its disregard for the international law, also evidences Russia's violation of its obligations as the occupier country, particularly in terms of ensuring the inviolability of property rights," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed.

Read more: "Boiko platforms" taken away by Russia to its territorial waters

From the circumstances described, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine determines the abovementioned actions of the Russian side as internationally wrongful acts aimed at the systematic violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its internal waters, territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone, and continental shelf in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine urges to hold the Russian Federation accountable under the international laws, demands the Russian Federation to immediately return property owned by Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reserves the right to seek reimbursement from the Russian side for the loss caused by its actions.

Read more: Russia grossly violated international maritime law, - State Border Guard Service on "Boiko platforms" incident
 
 
 
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