Ukraine v. Russia: Kyiv has enough materials for ICJ trial

Ukraine is actively preparing a memorandum within the framework of the lawsuit against Russia to submit it to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in June next year.

Ukrainian Ambassador to the Netherlands Vsevolod Chentsov said this in an interview with Ukrinform.

"It may seem at the first glance that we have a significant period of time. However, if we take into account the requirements for such documents, there is really little time. The Ukrainian side has enough materials to submit and they are being actively prepared. Nevertheless, much remains to be done for careful selection of evidence, their systematization and quality presentation," the Ambassador said.

The diplomat recalled that the document would state in writing Ukraine’s standing on the nature of Russia's violations of its obligations under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

As reported, March 6, the International Court of Justice in The Hague started the consideration of the lawsuit of Ukraine seeking to punish Russia for support of terrorists in eastern Ukraine and discrimination in Crimea.

April 19, the International Court of Justice in The Hague did not indicate provisional measures against Russia in accordance with the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (ICSFT) but ruled to apply provisional measures against Russia under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Later, the Court determined the dates for submission of the memorandum by Ukraine (June 12, 2018) and the counter-memorandum by the Russian Federation (July 12, 2019).


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