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.”
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.