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 "It's naive to believe Russia will fully abide by ICJ's order," - Umerov

Russia is not going to fully implement the decision of the U.N. International Court of Justice adopted on April 19. In particular, it involves lifting the ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in annexed Crimea.

This was announced by Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov, Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.

Read more: Ukraine Justice Ministry views ICJ ruling as "restrained"

"Russia is a very unpredictable state. Reprisals may resume, there may be some alleviation, but it's somewhat naive to believe Russia will fully abide by ICJ's order," Umerov said.

He pointed to Russia's allegations about the Mejlis being engaged in extremist activities and calling for violent protests, which could be used as an excuse for avoiding the implementation of the ruling.

"I want to emphasize that neither the Mejlis nor any other body being part of the Crimean Tatar National Movement Organization have ever used violent methods of struggle," the politician added.

Read more: ICJ orders Russia to refrain from attacks on Mejlis and restrictions on educational rights of ethnic Ukrainians

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.

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 and upheld the introduction of provisional measures against the Russian Federation to protect national minorities in Crimea. However, it overturned imposing provisional measures against Russia 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.
 
 
 
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