Moscow Says Kiev Initiating Case Against Russia In UN Court Pursues Political Purposes

Moscow Says Kiev Initiating Case Against Russia in UN Court Pursues Political Purposes

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 02nd June, 2019) Ukraine is trying to use the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for its own political purposes by initiating a case against Moscow and appealing in bad faith to international conventions that are not applicable to Crimea's reunification with Russia and the Kiev-instigated civil war in Donbas, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Information and Press said on Sunday.

From June 3-7, the ICJ will hear Ukraine v. Russian Federation case that was initiated by Kiev in January 2017 on the basis of the 1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Moscow, however, denies "the existence of a dispute between the two countries under the mentioned conventions in principle and intends to prove the fact that Ukraine is trying to use the dispute resolution mechanisms in bad faith to achieve political goals," the department said.

"The nature of Ukraine's accusations against Russia and the ensued contradictions between the two countries have nothing to do with any of the [above-mentioned] conventions. Thus, the civil war unleashed by Kiev in Donbas is not regulated by the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, while Kiev's claims about the alleged illegal reunification of Crimea with Russia cannot be put forward with a reference to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination," it added.

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