Kremlin responds to Ukraine tribunal calls | MENAFN.COM

Monday, 06 February 2023 02:15 GMT

Kremlin responds to Ukraine tribunal calls


(MENAFN) According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, the West has no legal jurisdiction to establish tribunals to investigate and prosecute Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

“As for attempts to launch some kind of tribunals, they would be illegitimate,” Peskov informed reporters on Thursday, noting that any such body would “be rejected and condemned” by Moscow.

In her speech on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen advocated the establishment of a special UN-backed court to investigate Russia's "horrific crimes" in Ukraine. The EU leader stated that she is willing to seek to secure "the widest international backing possible" for such a tribunal.

Other Western and Ukrainian authorities have made similar comments. Bloomberg stated a few months ago that the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague might begin investigating suspected Russian crimes in Ukraine in late 2022 or early 2023.

Moscow dismisses Western claims of war crimes committed during its military operations in Ukraine, claiming that Russian soldiers do not target people.

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