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Russia has all arguments in case of Ukraine’s possible action at European Court

June 03, 2014, 21:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine had filed a suit against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights over Crimea’s accession to Russia
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MOSCOW, June 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has all the arguments and possibilities to defend its positions at the European Court of Human Right in a possible litigation over Ukraine’s lawsuit, chairman of the committee on civil, criminal and arbitration legislation of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house Pavel Krasheninnikov told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

Earlier in the the day, Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine had filed a suit against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights over Crimea’s accession to Russia.

Krasheninnikov said he was not surprised to hear about such a suit. “They are doing what they can,” he said. “They should have thought better when they organized Maidan (Kiev’s central Independence Square, a venue of mass protests) and overthrew the legally elected president.”

As concerns Crimea, “they (Crimean residents) first proclaimed independence and then held a referendum on joining Russia,” he noted. “In such case, from the point of view of international law, everything is clear. But since the Kiev authorities are now in a situation when they have to demonstrate their “might,” they are trying to show it.”

The Russian foreign and justice ministries, according to Krasheninnikov, should “get prepared.” “We have brilliant specialists in this sphere, and I think they will perfectly cope with this task,” he stressed.

When asked whether the European Court of Human Rights would be unbiased in considering Ukraine’s claims, he said, “If we are speaking about court, there should be a presumption of justice.” “It is important that our side is well-prepared. We have all the arguments on this matter,” he said. “And we are all eyewitnesses of history.”

Commenting on a possibility of Russia’s filing counter suits with the European Court of Human Rights over the developments in Ukraine’s southeastern regions, Krasheninnikov noted that “there are a lot of possibilities for individuals to defend their rights, including at the European Court of Human Rights.” “I don’t think the subject matter of such suits will be identical but I am sure there will be an avalanche of suits there with time,” he added.

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