The Ministry of justice: the courts will take years

Минюст: На суды с Россией уйдут годы

Ukraine has filed five lawsuits against Russia to the ECHR

The proceedings at the Hague Tribunal is possible only after the end of the war in the Donbass, said the head of the Ministry of justice.

The Minister of justice Pavel Petrenko said that for the consideration of interstate cases of Ukraine for Russian aggression in the European court of human rights requires at least 3-5 years. This he said on air of 112 Ukraine.

“If we are talking about the European court of human rights, such examples, such as interstate dispute, it was only 16. If we talk about the war, it was such a dispute between Turkey and Cyprus – and this case was more than 10 years: 15 or 16 years. Now due to the fact that communication faster, it is a matter of 3-5 years – not less,” – said Petrenko.

In addition, proceedings in the international court of justice in the Hague, according to the Minister, will begin at the end of the military conflict. “If we talk about the Hague, the practice of the international criminal court is that starts the trial in fact, the end of military conflict. Georgia filed its lawsuit against Russia in 2009, only this year began the first proceedings in this court. So I say a realistic time frame is a matter of years,” said Petrenko.

He also reported on the preparation of a new action in the court in the Hague. “There is another case, which is now already on the way, and we are working with the Ministry of foreign Affairs working on it in the international court of justice. I don’t want to tell details, soon you will know about it,” said the Minister.

Petrenko reminded that Ukraine has previously filed two lawsuits to the international criminal court relating to the events of euromaidan and events in the Donbas and the Crimea.

Note, in late June, Ukraine has filed a lawsuit with the ECHR on the prohibition of the Mejlis in the Crimea.