Ukraine to sue Russia for illegal annexation of Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

President Poroshenko says the action will take place in two weeks
22:37, 24 January 2016

Ukraine will file a case to international courts against Russia – due to the fact of its annexation of Crimea. President Petro Poroshenko said that in his interview to Ukrainian TV channels.  

“In the next two weeks, Ukraine will be protecting its state interests in courts, under many international conventions” said the Head of the state.  

According to him, the issue of Crimea’s illegal annexation should remain among priority topics for Ukraine’s partners who will discuss the matter.

“The EU and the USA, as well as guarantors of the Budapest memorandum should participate in the discussion. We can dub this format “Geneva Plus” and start consultations to organize the process.

In the near future, PACE delegation will visit the occupied peninsula. “For the last several days, we made several important breakthroughs. We expect PACE mission to inspect human rights protection in Crimea, including the rights of Crimean Tatar nation", the President said.   

According to Poroshenko, illegally arrested citiens should be released, and rights of Crimean Tatars people should be observed. The “road map” of Crimea’s de-occupation includes a lot of steps – starting with international pressure on Russia, action program on sanctions’ implementation, and finishing with leagal arguments.    

Previosuly, Poroshenko signed a decree on creation of the Service of de-occupation of Crimea. In turn, Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of Russian President Putin, said that the issue of Crimea’s ownership doesn’t exits and is beyond any discussions.   

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014 on the ground of results of the so-called referendum, conducted after the capture of Crimea’s state institutions by Russian troops.  

Related: Russia violated 403 international agreements by annexing Crimea

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