UKRAINE PREPARES NEW INTER-STATE CLAIMS AGAINST RUSSIA 04.02.2020
Ukraine is preparing another one or two Inter-State cases against the Russian Federation. This was stated by Denys Maliuska, the Minister of Justice, in an interview r to "Hlavkom" media outlet.
There are already five Inter-State cases, which are being at the stage of admissibility.
"That is, if the Court finds its competence to consider them, it will proceed with examination on the merits. This is a common practice... International trials take years. It is impossible to accelerate this process. Therefore, this will last for years. However, we do not move back. We think on the relevancy and the possibility of filing another one or two Inter-State cases in the near future", - he said.
"We are also trying to get legal support from abroad. Litigation is always a question of probability. There may be high or little probability, but there are no warranties any way. Thus, I cannot warrant now that we will definitely win these cases. Their submission was reasonable. Chances are quite high to try", - he concluded.
The Minister did not disclose the details of what Inter-State cases are being prepared. He only added that the Ministry is at the stage of collecting evidence, substantiations.
It should be reminded that Ukraine has earlier filed a claim against Russia with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which proved that Russia violated the sovereign rights of Ukraine in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian Memorandum showed that, since 2014, Russia has been illegally preventing Ukraine from exercising its rights as a coastal state; used and continues to use the sovereign resources of Ukraine for its own purposes; usurped Ukraine's right to regulate its own coastal areas.
"Sohodni" news media also reported on recent consideration of the issue of violation of the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by Russia in the International Court of Justice. The case concerns the support of members of so-called “DPR”.