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Two acceptable ways of creating tribunal against Russian leaders

On February 10, 2022, NGO Tribunal in close collaboration with the Office of the President of Ukraine held the meeting for french journalists.

During the meeting, Andrii Smyrnov (Deputy Head of the Office of the President, Coordinator of the Working group) and Maria Mezentseva (Ukrainian MP, Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to the PACE) spoke with media representatives,

"The whole civilized world watched the crimes of aggression committed by Russia for many years. In 2008, they began aggression against Georgia. In 2014, they occupied Crimea and part of Donbas. Each time, the Russian army entered neighboring states," Smyrnov said.

At a meeting with French journalists, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Andriy Smyrnov spoke about the most desirable ways for Ukraine to create an international tribunal.

But, as he emphasized, the Russian leadership has never been punished for aggression, despite the fact that it is an internationally recognized crime.

According to Smyrnov, the only legitimate and legally correct way to solve the problem will be the creation of a special international tribunal as a multilateral international treaty.

Based on the results of practical discussions with Ukraine's allies and other countries of the civilized world, three models of the establishment and operation of the tribunal have been prepared today. The first is the creation of a tribunal based on Ukraine's agreement with the United Nations with the adoption of the relevant resolution of the UN General Assembly. The second is the creation of a tribunal based on a multilateral open international agreement between the states of the civilized world. The third is the creation of a special tribunal as a court that will function on the Ukrainian law and Ukrainian jurisdiction basis (that is, it will be part of the judicial system of Ukraine) with the involvement of an international element in its creation and activity (international judges and prosecutors, location in Europe, international support).

Maria Mezentseva spoke about the current results of diplomatic work on the world stage.

The event took place as part of a press tour for French journalists to mark the anniversary of the Russian invasion, which took place on February 10-15, 2023.


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