The Netherlands launched legal action against Russia to free Greenpeace activists charged with piracy after staging a protest at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic, the Dutch government has said.
"The Netherlands today began an arbitration procedure on the basis of the [United Nations] Convention on the Law of the Sea," Frans Timmermans, foreign minister, wrote in a letter to parliament.
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