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 Ukraine to prove Russia’s grossest breach of international peace conventions in ICJ, - FM Klimkin

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes Ukraine will prove in the U.N. International Court of Justice that Russia violates international conventions, namely the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms Racial Discrimination.

He said at a joint press briefing with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"We started participating in ICJ hearings this week and we will prove that Russia grossly violates global peace conventions," Klimkin said.

Watch more: ICJ hearings in the Case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation.LIVE

According to the Ukrainian foreign minister, it is critical to prevent Crimea occupation recognition by the global community.

"There can be no tradeoff regarding the temporary occupation of Crimea. It will be never recognized by our allies and partners. All civilized countries and everyone who understands international regulations and values share this position," the foreign minister said.

See more: "This is our only hope right now," - MH17 victim's mother outside ICJ. PHOTO

On Jan. 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice to hold Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its illegal aggression against Ukraine. The lawsuit is based on the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The hearing is scheduled to take place from March 6 to 9 inclusively. Ukraine presented its position on March 6, Russia - on March 7. On March 8-9, both sides will present their objections to each other's positions.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated: "Ukraine will be presenting evidence of Russia's crimes at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The truth is stronger than weapons!" One day into the hearing, Poroshenko noted: "We expect rulings that will cut the supply of weapons to the occupied territory and stop reprisals the ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are facing."

According to Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's main goal in The Hague is to protect the life and rights of the Ukrainians. Ukraine had held some 40 meetings with the Russian Federation before filing a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice.

The full text of the lawsuit is published on ICJ's official website.
 
 
 
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