Russia to boycott maritime court hearings over Greenpeace ship

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise enters the Northern Sea Route (NSR) off Russia's coastline to protest against Arctic oil drilling, in defiance of Russian authorities. The activists aboard were later detained and jailed pending charges.

Russia said Wednesday it will boycott maritime court hearings sought by the Netherlands over the fate of 30 crew members of a Greenpeace ship that were detained during a protest against Arctic oil drilling.

"The Russian side has informed the Netherlands and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea... that it does not intend to take part in the tribunal's hearings," the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted an unnamed Russian foreign ministry official as saying.