Poroshenko: Russia has to pay for aggression

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poroshenko instructed the Foreign Ministry to convey lawsuit against Russia to the International Court of Justice
18:39, 16 January 2017

112 Agency

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to transfer the claim to the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Russian violation of the UN Convention on combating the financing of terrorism and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. This was reported in the press-service of the President.

Poroshenko stressed that Russia has been violating the international law for three years, carrying out the illegal annexation of Crimea and the occupation of part of the Donbas region, implementin a policy of destruction and discrimination on the annexed peninsula. According to the president, as a result of numerous terrorist attacks by Russian militants, hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes.

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"Those who remained in the Crimea and Donbas are tortured and harassed. The activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people are prohibited, the committed crimes go unpunished", said Poroshenko, recalling the numerous crimes of militants against civilians in Mariupol, Volnovakha and Kramatorsk, as well as the crash of MH-17.

The Head of state expressed confidence that Ukraine acted exclusively in international law format all the time from the beginning of Russia's aggression. He noted that this work was carried out on his behalf and today he completed the process of prolonged pre-trial work on the preparation of a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice. This lawsuit in The Hague comes in the framework of the Convention on combating the financing of terrorism. The statement notes that the second position in the lawsuit of Ukraine regards the application of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination.

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"Today Ukraine is fully ready to transfer the lawsuit to the International Court of Justice in The Hague in order to attract the necessary documents of the Russian Federation for the two Conventions to justice", he added.

"Russia has to pay a price for the aggression," said Poroshenko and instructed the Ukrainian diplomats to convey the claim to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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