UN International Court of Justice in The Hague rules not to apply provisional measures against Russia for financing of terrorism

The UN International Court of Justice in The Hague on Wednesday issued an order refusing to satisfy Ukraine`s request on introducing provisional measures against Russia under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (ICSFT).

The court`s order was announced by ICJ President Ronny Abraham at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

While recognizing its jurisdiction over this case, the ICJ ”is of the view that, at this stage of the proceedings, Ukraine has not put before it evidence which affords a sufficient basis to find it plausible that these elements [intention and knowledge, as well as the element of purpose] are present.”

”Therefore, it concludes that the conditions required for the indication of provisional measures in respect of the rights alleged by Ukraine on the basis of the ICSFT are not met,” ICJ ruled.

Earlier, Ukraine instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation on January 16, 2017, with regard to alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of December 9, 1999, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of December 21, 1965. Both states are parties to these two instruments. The provisional measures Ukraine requests include a freeze on providing money, weapons, vehicles, equipment, training or personnel to separatists in occupied Donbas. The claims with the ICJ were filed to stop Russian funding of the illegal armed formations in Donbas and restore operations of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the occupied Crimea.

The ICJ held hearings March 6-9. Russian representatives fully refuted the accusations, claiming that no legal and factual base exists to introduce. provisional measures.

It is not yet known when the ICJ will hear the actual Ukraine vs Russia case. The court will announce the date six to eight months prior.

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