RUSSIA has announced plans to ban US companies from sending food to its citizens on its ships after a US court upheld a court ruling that ordered it to do so.
In a court filing late on Friday, Russia’s Federal Service for the Defence of the Russian Federation (FSD) said it would impose a ban on food imports to its ships as a response to a ruling that it must follow in the case of a cargo ship in the United States.
In November 2016, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered Russia to halt imports of goods from the cargo ship Chelyabinsk and a Russian fishing vessel, after the two were found guilty of breaching the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Sea (VCLS) in April 2017.
The ruling in June 2018 by the US court found that the US government had breached the VCLS by imposing sanctions on Russia after it failed to comply with an earlier order by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to block the vessels from shipping goods through its ports.
The two vessels, which were built in 2012 and 2015 respectively, were found to have violated the Vcls by using foreign-made vessels and by illegally entering the United Kingdom’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which is an international zone where goods can be freely traded.
The ships were seized by British police on their way to and from ports in Ireland.
Russia has argued that the sanctions are justified because of the alleged illegal activity by the ships.
The court ruling is the first time in the history of the VL, a treaty signed in 1993, that the two countries have had to take punitive measures, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised speech on Friday.
Putin also said that the ruling will have a “direct impact on our economy”.
The ruling from the US Federal Court in Washington on Friday is the second time in as many months that the country has taken action to block imports from the two ships.
In April 2018, a federal judge in Maryland ruled that the shipping lanes of the United Arab Emirates had been used by the two vessels to unlawfully enter the United State.