Russia will have to consider withdrawing from the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice if a politicized decision is made on the claim of Ukraine against the Russian Federation. This was stated by Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.
“If, as a result of the consideration of the case, instead of a legal decision, outright nonsense is published, Russia will have to consider a scenario with withdrawal from the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, which in itself is not an easy legal task, because this is one of the main bodies of the UN, and the Statute of the International Court of Justice is an inalienable part of the UN Charter,” – wrote senator in his Telegram channel.
Kosachev expressed confidence that the court’s decision will be “maximally politicized.” He added that in this case, the UN court “will forever lose the trust of Russia and other states.” “The collapse of all UN bodies is happening before our eyes,” the senator said with regret.
Kosachev explained that the lawsuit against Russia for violating the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide boils down to “challenging the legality of conducting the SVO” and “the status of new territories of Russia.” The senator noted that these issues are “outside the jurisdiction of the UN court,” but Kyiv wants to create a “political precedent.”
September 18 International Court of Justice in The Hague began hearings on the claim of Ukraine against Russia for violation of the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide in connection with the conduct of a special operation. The hearings will take place from September 18 to 27. The Russian side will perform on the first day, and the Ukrainian side on the next day. The court will also hear from 32 other states involved in the case. Among them are a number of EU countries, as well as Great Britain, Australia, Canada, etc.
Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia for violating the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide on February 26, 2022, two days after the start of the special operation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called it “based on perverted logic.” According to him, the UN court came under pressure from the “collective West.”
In March 2022, the court imposed “temporary measures” requiring Russia to suspend hostilities in Ukraine. The court also ordered both parties to refrain from escalating the situation. In October, the Russian Federation filed objections to the jurisdiction of the court and the admissibility of the claim.