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 Ukraine Justice Ministry views ICJ ruling as "restrained"

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko says that in view of the first-ever precedent for filing a suit with the International Court of Justice (The Hague) on the violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, the court issued a restrained interim decision and wishes to look into the merits of the case before delivering a final verdict.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

Petrenko said that the ICJ established its prima facie jurisdiction as regards the merits of the case.

"For some reason everyone is searching for treason instead of paying attention to the fact the Russians claimed that the court did not have the right to hear the case under this convention. But the court established its jurisdiction and the case is now being heard on the merits, which means that all the provided evidence of terrorism financing and Russia's actions in the east of Ukraine will undergo public scrutiny," he said.

Read more: "We are on the right track," - Poroshenko on ICJ's ruling

On April 19, 2017, the ICJ announced an interim decision on the Ukraine v. Russia case. In particular, the court recognized its jurisdiction as regards the merits of the case. However, it overturned imposing provisional measures against the Russian Federation under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. The court also ordered Ukraine and Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements.

President Poroshenko said commenting on ICJ's interim ruling: "We are on the right track." The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that it positively assesses the decision and called on the international community to monitor its implementation by Russia.

French Ambassador to Ukraine Dumont said Russia has no other choice except implement the provisional measures announced by the UN court.

On Jan. 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice to hold Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and ethnic 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 took place from March 6 to 9 inclusively. Ukraine presented its position on March 6, Russia - on March 7. On March 8-9, both sides presented 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 the lawsuit with the ICJ.

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