Lawsuits Against Russia: Ukraine prepares lawsuits against Russia - foreign minister
Politics21:18 Aug. 22, 2016

Ukraine prepares lawsuits against Russia - foreign minister

Pavlo Klimkin says able to prove Kremlin finances terrorism

Ukraine is preparing a series of lawsuits in relation to Russia's violating international conventions. That's according to Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's foreign minister, who delivered a statement at the 12th meeting of heads of diplomatic mission in Kyiv on Monday.

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Klimkin urged the diplomats to do their best to protect Ukraine from Russian aggression. He said in the nearest future Ukraine will address the UN's International tribunal for the law of the sea. The lawsuit against Russia will concern the illegal extraction of natural gas and oil from Ukraine's continental shelf in the Black Sea around the occupied Crimean peninsula. Kyiv will also raise the issues of Crimean Tatars rights violations and reveal facts proving Kremlin is financing terrorism.

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's Foreign Minister: "Within the following weeks we will be able to prove that Russia has violated all its obligations under the convention for the suppression of the financing of terrorism."

Klimkin also said one of the priorities of the ministry's work is the release of political prisoners from Russian jails. Former Kremlin captives Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Yatsenko were announced to become foreign ministry special representatives who will work to help free Ukrainians currently held in Russian jails.

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