“We have five lawsuits against the Russian Federation and all of them are at the stage of the identification of accessory – whether the court may consider them. In other words, if the court recognizes that it is competent to consider them, then it will pass to the review on the merits. We are speaking of hours in the Anti-raiding commissions, while the national courts – of months. The International courts are years. It is impossible to accelerate this process. That is why it will last for years. But we do not step back. Now, we think about the feasibility and possibility of provision of one-two lawsuits soon,” the Justice Minister said.
Malyuska did not want to comment on the spheres of new lawsuits of Ukraine against Russia, noting that it is ‘the issue of the initiative’. According to the minister, his department is at the stage of the gathering of evidence and substantiation, with attempts to get the legal support from abroad.
“Let it be a surprise,” Maluska added.
According to RBK-Ukraine, in January 2020, it became known that Naftogaz-Ukraine files renewed lawsuits against Russia to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. The company intends to oblige Russia to pay over $7 billion of compensation for the seizure of assets in annexed Crimea.
In December 2019, Naftogaz and Gazprom signed an agreement to withdraw all current claims and complaints from both sides. Such a decision was made due to responsibility regarding the citizens of Ukraine, the interests of the national company.