Ukrainian specialists on international affairs were working in the Hague within two weeks – in the International Court and Arbitral Tribunal. Over several months the arbiters will decide whether they will consider on its merits the provided evidence of the violations from the Russian side, as Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine on European integration Olena Zerkal reported on Facebook.
“Russia sees itself as the winner which is not condemned, that is why it denies the possibility that its actions might be considered by the court and tribunal. We believe that Russia is an international criminal, which has to be brought to justice. Due to this, the recognition of the jurisdiction by the UN Court and Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will be a victory. For us and for the whole world,” Zerkal stressed.
She noted that in several months the arbiters will decide whether they will consider on its merits the evidence of Russia’s violations provided by the Ukrainian side.
“Each doubt and each ambiguity plays in favor of Russia. International legal resources are very conservative in deciding their jurisdiction. Our mission is to prove that it’s apple and oranges,” Zerkal explained.
According to her, this is the first international dispute on funding terrorism in the world.
“The respective Convention is complicated and multi-layered. It is about three levels of violations – commission of terrorist acts, funding terrorism and state’s responsibility for failure to comply with its responsibilities to prevent and counter the funding of terrorism,” Foreign Ministry representative explained.
In the case of international maritime law, Russia adds the question on the status of the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait. The complicated history of Ukraine and Russia complicates the tasks of the Ukrainian diplomats, Zerkal stressed.