The UN International Court in The Hague gave Russia time until December 8, 2020, to prepare documents in response to a lawsuit by Ukraine in which Kyiv accuses Moscow of financing terrorism in eastern Ukraine and racial discrimination in Crimea.
This was reported by the press service of the court.
“The subsequent procedure has been reserved for further decision,” the message said.
On November 8, the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague recognised its jurisdiction in the case of Ukraine vs Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called the decision of the court “unconditional victory”.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yelena Zerkal said that Russia “for the first time in history will be responsible for violating international law and violating human rights.”
Russia expects the UN court to dismiss all Ukrainian claims.
Ukraine filed a lawsuit in 2017. Kyiv believes that Russia violates the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by supporting militants in the Donbas and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination due to the oppression of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in Crimea.
In June 2019, the UN International Court of Justice began a hearing.