This will not affect the negotiation process for the exchange of prisoners.
Recognition by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of Ukrainian regiment “Azov” “terrorist organization” is legal nonsense.
This was stated by Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President Mikhail Podolyak in his Telegram channel.
According to him, such a decision is a purely internal propaganda product, because it does not affect anything.
“It sounds a little strange: a country that is one step away from being recognized as a sponsor of terrorism and which violates any rules and customs of war, recognizes someone as a terrorist organization … Any decisions in Russian jurisdictions regarding Ukraine or its military personnel are not will have no legal value for the world and will not affect the negotiation process for the exchange of prisoners,” Podolyak said.
He also recalled that “Azov” is not a volunteer battalion, but a separate special-purpose detachment as part of the 12th operational brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine.
“The part of our Armed Forces, which strictly followed orders, adhered to all aspects of the conduct of hostilities and absolutely clearly defended the territory of their country. This is key in understanding the situation: only the Russian army is an occupier on foreign territory, and therefore any actions against this army are quite legal,” he said.
According to him, the decisions of the Russian courts will not have any consequences in the international legal field.
“While Russia, of course, should be officially recognized as a terrorist state. In particular, in connection with the illegal use of domestic jurisdiction to mask its deliberate violation of the rights of prisoners of war,” Podolyak wrote.
As UNIAN reported, after this decision, the Azov fighters called on the US State Department and authorized bodies of other states recognize Russia as a terrorist state.