The Kerch Strait incident: security interests and international law

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The Kerch Strait incident: security interests and international law
// Pathways to Peace and Security. 2020. No 1(58). P. 78-102

DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2020-1-78-102

Pavel Gudev is a lead researcher at the Centre for North American Studies, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow

Abstract. The November 23-26, 2018 developments in the Black Sea near the entrance to the Kerch Strait led to detention of the Ukrainian Navy ships with sailors by Russia. This crisis poses a number of difficult questions to the expert communities from Russia, Ukraine, and third countries. How legitimate were Russian actions, from the point of international law? Did Russia exceed its authority or not? Was the incident a pre-planned provocation by the Ukrainian side? Who bears greater responsibility for the incident? What political and legal consequences can this incident have? The article addresses these questions.

Keywords: Kerch Strait, Kerch-Yenikalski Canal, Azov Sea, UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Permanent Court of Arbitration, jurisdiction, immunity, warships, right of innocent passage, border regime


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For citation:
Gudev P. The Kerch Strait incident: security interests and international law. Pathways to Peace and Security, 2020, No 1(58), pp. 78-102. https://doi.org/10.20542/2307-1494-2020-1-78-102



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