Crimes of the Russian Federation – Foreign Minister called the problems with the creation of the Special Tribunal for Putin

There are currently some problems with creation of the Special Tribunal for Russia for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in interview Ukrinform.

He explained how realistic it is with the current mood of Ukrainian partners in Europe to implement the idea of ​​creating a Special Tribunal for the leadership of the Russian Federation.

“The theme of the Tribunal is an exposed nerve. Any position, in principle, can be somehow camouflaged or blurred. But regardless of whether you support the tribunal or not, you understand that we are talking about a legal decision, where it will be recorded that Vladimir Putin is a criminal and is responsible for orders that resulted in the death of tens of thousands of people,” the head MFA.

He explained that Ukraine’s allies are concerned for various reasons.

“I won’t hide it, they are scared here for various reasons. And politically, because since 1945 there have been only two such cases – Nuremberg and the attempted trial of Milosevic, when the European leader was tried for crimes during the war. And the practice of judging the leader of another state, let’s say, is very shaky,” Kuleba added.

Secondly, according to him, there is a fan club of the International Criminal Court. It is written in its charter that one of the crimes for which he can judge is aggression. But, the head of the Foreign Ministry explained, in practice, purely for legal reasons, the ICC cannot apply this article specifically to the case of the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

“Our partners say: “There is no need to create a tribunal, because we have the ICC, you cannot create an alternative to it.” And we say: “Wait, what is more important – the interests of the ICC, which does not want any temporary alternatives to itself, or justice, for which the ICC exists?” Here they have a stupor, because they are for justice and for the ICC,” the minister said.

According to the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, there is “the problem of institutional selfishness both in the issue of the International Criminal Court and in the issue of creating a Special Tribunal.” However, Kuleba assured that Ukraine is working and “there will be a result.”

The Minister called on all states and organizations to support the creation of a Special Tribunal for the Crime of Russian Aggression against Ukraine.

“This crime happened, which means that there should be punishment for it,” he stressed.

Kuleba noted that in order to move further in this direction, it is necessary to overcome the announced obstacles.

“Currently, both obstacles remain relevant,” the Foreign Minister added.

Read also: Kuleba explained why the world should recognize the crimes of the Russian Federation against Ukraine as genocide

In an effort to hold the Russian Federation accountable, the Ukrainian authorities and international lawyers are working on the creation of a Special Tribunal that will consider the crime of Russian aggression against our country. Will Kyiv be able to implement this initiative? Will other countries support it? Read about the difficulties of creating a Special Tribunal in the article Vladimir Kravchenko “How to punish Putin for the war with Ukraine?”.

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