This was said by First Deputy Justice Minister Natalia Sevostianova, Censor.NET reports referring to Ukrainski Novyny.
"I would not make such forecasts (that the ICJ will make a decision as early as this year). I don't think so... It might take 5-7 years," she said.
The deputy minister stressed that it is quite a short period for an international claim. Sevostianova also said that Ukraine was about to file its 6th lawsuit against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights.
As reported, Ukraine has filed a case in the International Court of Justice to hold the Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its unlawful aggression against Ukraine on Jan 16.
Ukraine alleges that the Russian Federation is violating the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by engaging in a campaign of discrimination against non-Russian communities living in the occupied Crimean Peninsula, including, in particular, the ethnic Ukrainian and Tatar communities.