NAFTOGAZ GROUP SEEKS NEARLY USD 8BN OF COMPENSATION FOR ITS ASSETS EXPROPRIATED BY RUSSIA IN CRIMEA 17.02.2020
Naftogaz further substantiates its claim for compensation for its assets that the Russian Federation unlawfully expropriated in Crimea in March 2014 – damages valued at approximately USD 8 billion, including interest.
Earlier, the Tribunal found that the Russian Federation had breached a number provisions of Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the Encouragement and Mutual Protection of Investments (dated 27 November 1998) by the expropriation of Naftogaz group’s assets in Crimea.
Despite Russia’s appearance in the arbitration in January 2017, it refused to actively participate in the proceedings for nearly three years. Thereafter, Russia submitted its Counter-Memorial in December 2019, but did not put forward any alternative measure of damages.
Instead, Russia argued that it owes Naftogaz nothing despite that Russia does not dispute that it unlawfully expropriated Naftogaz’s assets.
Naftogaz commenced the arbitration (PCA Case No. 2017-16) against the Russian Federation in October 2016 under the Agreement on the Encouragement and Mutual Protection of Investments between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation, commonly known as the Russia-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty. Naftogaz seeks compensation for Russia’s breaches of the bilateral investment treaty, primarily for the unlawful confiscation of its valuable energy assets in Crimea that were among Russia’s primary targets following its unlawful invasion and occupation of Crimea in 2014.
Public hearings regarding jurisdiction and liability took place at the Peace Palace, in The Hague, in May 2018. In February 2019, the arbitral tribunal found for Naftogaz, holding that it has jurisdiction to hear Naftogaz’s claims, and that Russia is liable for unlawfully expropriating Naftogaz’s investments, in violation of Russia’s obligations under the treaty. This second phase of the arbitration is therefore limited to the determination of the quantum of Naftogaz’s losses.
A hearing on quantum is scheduled for May 2020 in The Hague. The final award on the quantum is expected by the middle of 2021. More detailed information about the case is available on the website of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Prepared on the basis of materials of the Communications Department of the NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine”