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International Court of Justice to take decision on interim measures in Ukraine vs Russia case on April 19

April 11, 2017 18:00 0 974 QirimInfo
The oral argument took place in the Hague in early March, 2017.

Yesterday, on April 10, the International Court of Justice in the Hague said that the decision on interim measures under the lawsuit of Ukraine against Russia would be issued on April 19.

Ukraine filed a request for taking the decision on interim measures, asking the court to oblige Russia to exercise proper control over its border with Ukraine, to prevent further funding of terrorist acts, to stop and prevent any transfers and removals from the territory of the Russian Federation of money, weapons, vehicles, equipment, as well as training of individuals for the groups involved in terrorist acts against civilians in Ukraine, and to refrain from any acts of racial discrimination against individuals, groups of persons or institutions at the territory under its control, including the Crimean peninsula.

With regard to the Crimea, Ukraine wants Russia to suspend any acts of racial discrimination against the Crimean Tatars and against the Ukrainians who reside at the territory of the Crimea.

International law expert Evhenia Andreiuk has stated in a comment for QirimInfo that the court's decision appears likely to be in favor of the Ukrainian side.

"The question is, in which framework is will be exercised, whether it will be just a decision with regard to Russia, or the same decision will be made in respect of Ukraine, that Ukraine should not take any measures for the deterioration of the situation. Also, this decision may probably contain some clues that can somehow specify the opinion of the court concerning the whole dispute and on further issues of jurisdiction and the merits "- Andreiuk has said.

Important to note, the International Court of Justice in the Hague began hearings on the application of preventive measures in the Ukraine vs Russia case. Previously, Ukraine filed a lawsuit to the International Court of Justice about Russia violating the UN Convention to Combat the Financing of Terrorism and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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