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'Verdicts of international courts will make Russia negotiate', - Ukraine's MFA

Minister Klimkin is convinced that Russia will have to discuss the consequences of the decisions of the international courts
11:46, 11 June 2019

Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine
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Head of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Pavlo Klimkin is convinced that the verdicts of the international courts on the cases Ukraine against Russia will make the Russian side negotiate about Crimea’s annexation, as Klimkin said in a commentary for Krym.Realii.

“I am convinced that sooner or later Russia will have to come to the table and begin a dialogue… There will be the verdict of the international court on two fundamental conventions, including the ban on funding of racial discrimination. There will be a decision of the international arbitration on the Convention on the law of the sea. And it’s pretty clear what Russia is doing there,” he stated.

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Klimkin is sure that Russia will have to discuss the consequences of the decisions of the international courts.

Moreover, it will have to talk about the humanitarian and ecological problems in Crimea.

Then it will be about the status of the annexed peninsula and its de-occupation, Klimkin noted.

Related: U.S. Embassy concerned due to court’s verdicts in annexed Crimea

“The representatives of the countries and international organizations can sit and negotiate,” the diplomat is convinced.

According to him, after Crimea’s annexation, Kyiv offered Moscow various formats and platforms for talks on Crimea, but Russia rejected all the proposals. Klimkin does not predict when the talks on Crimea will begin.

Related: Court of annexed Crimea arrests Ukrainian Kostyantyn Davydenko for 10.5 years

As it was reported, Russia annexed Crimea after an illegal referendum on March 16, 2014. Ukraine does not recognize Crimea’s annexation, as the majority of the western countries, which imposed political and economic sanctions against Russia.

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