President Poroshenko: ICJ urges Russia to implement Minsk agreements, recognizing it as party to Minsk process

21.04.2017 12:25 483

The International Court of Justice urged Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements having recognized it as a party to the Minsk process, not an intermediary. For the first time, this recognition is not a political, but legal assessment. 

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this at the meeting with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yelisieiev and Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal, the press service of the Head of State reports.

“The UN ICJ urged Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements. It means that Russia is a party to the Minsk agreements, not an intermediary as it initially claimed to be. For the first time, this recognition is not a political, but legal assessment, which is very important for us,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The Head of State is confident that it is necessary to focus on the best way to outline Ukraine’s position in the court and define the country-aggressor. He is confident that it will already create a mechanism of legal liability not for individuals, as Russia wanted, but for the state in general, which must bear responsibility for financing the terrorism and violating the UN Convention.

“For the first time, the mechanism of the International Court of Justice has been applied to bring the country-aggressor, the country that finances terrorism, to justice,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

The President also noted that the court had adopted a very important decision to sustain a case in the form of Russia’s obligation to make several steps: from the restoration of the Mejlis to ensuring the right for Ukrainian citizens to study Ukrainian language in the occupied Crimea.


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