The international court of justice

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The HAGUE, June 14. /Offset. TASS Vitaly Chugin/. The international court of justice has given Ukraine until June 12, 2018 for the preparation of the Memorandum on the case of alleged violations by Russia of the Convention on combating the financing of terrorism and the Convention on the elimination of racial discrimination. This is stated in a press release instance.

“The President of the court, Ronnie Abraham has set June 12, 2018 and July 12, 2019 as, respectively, the deadline for the submission of the Memorandum by Ukraine and a counter-memorial by the Russian Federation”, – the document says.

The decision was made taking into account the views of the parties. “Decisions on further actions will be taken in the prescribed manner in due time”, – said in court .

The Claim Of Ukraine

Ukraine submitted to the international court of justice about the violation by Russia of the Convention on combating the financing of terrorism and the Convention on the elimination of racial discrimination on January 16. On the same day, the Ukrainian side has submitted a request for the indication of interim measures of protection.

In its lawsuit, the Ukraine, in particular, claims that in 2014 Russia allegedly has increased its interference in Ukrainian Affairs “by the military invasion of Georgia”, “financing terrorist acts”, as well as in the Crimea “occupied part of Ukrainian sovereign territory by military force” and in these areas, “pursues a campaign of cultural cleansing”.

In this regard, Ukraine needs to recognize Russia as guilty of “sponsoring terrorism”, be required to cease all forms of support proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR). In addition, the Ukrainian authorities demand from Russia full compensation for the downed over Donbass Malaysian Boeing and shelling of civilians in the cities of Donbass.

Interim measures

A decision on interim measures was issued by the court on April 19. The court held that Russia, in accordance with their obligations under the Convention on the elimination of racial discrimination must refrain from actions that may violate the right to “community of Crimean Tatars in maintaining their representative institutions, including the Majlis, and to provide education in Ukrainian” in the Crimea.

In addition, the court called on both parties to the proceedings “to refrain from actions that may exacerbate or aggravate disputes or complicate the resolution of the dispute”. At the same time in respect of the Convention on combating the financing of terrorism, the court said there is no need to establish interim measures.

Commenting on the decision, the Russian foreign Ministry stressed the importance that the international court of justice has taken a principled stand and did not support the Declaration of Ukraine on the alleged “aggression”, “occupation” or on the status of Crimea.