Polyansky: UN General Assembly has no power to set up a special tribunal against Russia
MOSCOW, January 14 – RIA Novosti. The UN General Assembly does not have the authority to establish a special court against Russia, such attempts are legally invalid, declaration Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the World Organization.
According to him, this idea is popular in the West and is used for populist and political purposes. Polyansky noted that this idea has no practical content other than making serious people laugh and shrug. “This is still very vague and more of a political undertaking than a legal one,” he said.
First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova said that Ukraine will present for discussion a draft resolution of the UN General Assembly this year on the establishment of a special tribunal against Russia. In February, Kyiv will put to vote at the General Assembly a draft resolution supporting Volodymyr Zelensky’s “peace plan”.
Earlier, the European Commission made an attempt to create a special international tribunal for Ukraine under the auspices of the UN. Gennady Gatilov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Headquarters in Geneva, told RIA Novosti that the creation of a mechanism under the auspices of the UN requires the approval of the UN Security Council, and without it the proposed EU “Ukrainian court” is impossible. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, stated that Russia categorically denies Kiev’s charges of war crimes on the territory of Ukraine.
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