Ukraine Will Not Prevail in UN Case Over Crimea – Russian Official

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Ukraine is unlikely to win a case concerning the reunification of Crimea with Russia at the UN's highest court in the Hague, a senior Russian official told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

MOSCOW, April 2 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine is unlikely to win a case concerning the reunification of Crimea with Russia at the UN's highest court in the Hague, a senior Russian official told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

"I don't believe there is any prospect for the case, but it's difficult for me to comment because I don't know what they are saying," said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya.

Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia said Tuesday in Brussels that Ukraine would sue Russia at the UN International Court of Justice in an effort to resolve the dispute over Crimea.

"We believe that Crimea is part of Ukraine and we plan to file lawsuits with the international court against Russia and Russia's actions in Crimea. We believe that with international support we could return Crimea to Ukraine," Deschytsia said.

Crimea, previously an autonomous republic within Ukraine, voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia in a referendum on March 16. Its reunification was finalized several days later.

Western powers have refused to recognize the results of the referendum, which Russian President Vladimir Putin says was in full compliance with the UN charter and international law.

Russia has consistently warned that the new government in Ukraine, which came to power last month unconstitutionally, has a dangerous fascist element of Ukrainian ultra-nationalism, leading Moscow to take steps to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

 

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