Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced that the decision of International Court of Justice in Ukraine vs. Russia case is a significant step forward in holding the Kremlin to account for its international criminal behavior. This was reported by Ukraine’s MFA press service.
This week’s ruling of the International Court of Justice on Ukraine's submissions against Russia is a significant step forward in holding the Kremlin to account for its international criminal behavior and a real body blow to Russia's international standing and credibility as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Some commentators have cast doubts regarding our insistence to use the term terrorism as hurting Ukraine's cause. We stand by our use of the term even if it has the effect of making the bar of 'proof' that we need to clear so much higher," Klimkin said.
He noted that Foreign Ministry is happy that the ICJ upheld the case against Russia for violation of human rights.
"We are very happy that the ICJ has upheld our case against Russia for violation of human rights, which the court has now ordered Russia to cease. We also welcome the clear directive that Russia must reverse its policy of racial discrimination, in particular against the ethnic Tatars and Ukrainians. Our government has campaigned tirelessly to protect the rights of these groups on the Crimean peninsula for the last three years," Minister noted.
April 19, UN International Court of Justice adopted interim decision on Ukraine’s application against Russia. UN Court found Ukraine’s evidence on Russia terrorism financing insufficient, but obliged Russia to stop discrimination of Crimean Tatars. Full text is available here.