It was decided to consider the preliminary objections at the preliminary stage according to Dispute concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait
After receiving the positions of the Parties on the issue of bifurcation of this proceeding, the President of the Arbitral Tribunal by Order No. 3 established that there was no need to postpone and delay the case, and thus rejected Russia's request to bifurcate the proceeding by forming a separate jurisdiction stage. Instead, it was decided to consider the preliminary objections at the preliminary stage.
Accordingly, the proceedings on the merits shall be suspended and the President of the Arbitral Tribunal, after ascertaining the views of the Parties, will fix time-limits for further pleadings in accordance with Article 10, paragraph 5, of the Rules of Procedure.