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Poroshenko: ICJ recognizes Russia as side not intermediary of Minsk process
13:18, 21 April 2017
Poroshenko: ICJ recognizes Russia as side not intermediary of Minsk process

The final decision of the International Court of Justice will be a decision of direct action and will not require any additional voting by either the UN General Assembly or the UN Security Council

13:18, 21 April 2017

Presidential Administration press office

The International Court of Justice of the United Nations called on Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements, recognizing it as a party to the Minsk process, not as an intermediary. This was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the meeting with Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yelisieiev and Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal.

“The International Court of Justice called on Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements, which means that Russia is a party to the Minsk agreements, not an intermediary, as Russia tried to present itself from the very beginning. And acknowledging this, not just political evaluation, but for the first time a legal assessment was made, which is extremely important for us,” Poroshenko said.

The President noted that political evaluation of Russia's actions was given in many documents, not only in Ukraine, but also in the decisions of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, European Parliament and many other international institutions.

The final decision of the International Court of Justice will be a decision of direct action and will not require any additional voting by either the UN General Assembly or the UN Security Council, according to the President.

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“This decision has a direct action, so must be carried out by any member state of the UN, and sanctions will be provided for nonobservance of the decision that will harm very much any state that dares to ignore the decision,” he added.

The President also added that the court made an extremely important decision to secure the lawsuit obliging Russian Federation to take several steps: restoration of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and ensuring the right of Ukrainian citizens to study Ukrainian language in the occupied Crimea.

Earlier it was reported that ICJ found insufficient Ukraine’s evidence on Russia terrorism financing. Thus, International Court of Justice denied temporary measures against Russia under the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

Related: UN court ordered Russia and Ukraine to fully implement Minsk agreements

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