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UN International Court of Justice to look into Ukraine's memorandum several years

Russia is likely to appeal against the Court's jurisdiction in this case, - Olena Zerkal, deputy foreign minister of Ukraine
19:48, 12 June 2018

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It will take the UN International Court several years to consider Ukraine's memorandum about Russia's funding of terrorism. Olena Zerkal, the deputy foreign minister of Ukraine posted this on Facebook. 

The official commented on the possible development on this case, specifically Russia's reaction to this document.

'After the memorandum is submitted, Russia would have the right to appeal against the court's jurisdiction to consider this case. Just like it happened with Georgia vs Russia case, the latter will use this right, and there will be denials from Russia three months later. Given the current practice, the consideration will take about one and a half years... In total, it will take another few years,' she said.

Asked if Ukraine provided enough evidence, the official said that the document was 'extraordinarily large'. According to her, usually, the documents feature the minimum of the necessary evidence; but Ukraine brought so much evidence, because 'Russia just lies to the court, calling black what has always been white'. 

Related: Ukraine files memorandum on terrorism financed by Russia to UN International Court

On Tuesday, Ukraine sent the UN International Court a memorandum on Russia’s funding of terrorism. According to Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, the document consists of more than 17,000 pages in 29 volumes. The total weight made almost 90 kilograms.

As is known, Ukraine sued Russia in the International Court of Justice in early 2017, demanding to stop the funding of Illegal armed formations in Donbas and to restore the activity of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea. The court found that there was not enough evidence of Russia’s funding of terrorism; however, it ruled that the Kremlin should stop the acts of discrimination of Crimean Tatars.

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