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Ukrainian MP: Russia to face tribunal inevitably

Lohvinskyy does not think the Russian Federation to react to the decision of the UN international court.

Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Ukrainian MP Heorhiy Lohvinskyy has said the creation of a tribunal for Russia is inevitable.

"Russia understands only the language of force and, as any gangster group, financial damage, so the sanctions that will be imposed based on the results of these decisions are the result that hit Russia Russia where it hurts," Lohvinskyy told a round table conference at Gorshenin Institute, commenting on the recent decisions of the international court of the United Nations and the Council of Europe on Crimea.

He went on to say that the logic of the international judicial mechanism will eventually lead to the creation of a special tribunal, which Europe has earlier refused to do, and created a criminal court that will consider this aggression.

"As a result, people with a proven record of participation in international crimes will be criminally liable and recognized as international criminals. These are the true goals and objectives and the value of these [court} documents," said Lohvinskyy.

He does not believe that Russia will not react to the decisions of both the UN Court and the Council of the Crimea.

"We do not expect them to obey any resolutions. All we want at this stage is to call a spade a spade so we understand that they are nothing but a group of thugs that violate human rights in this area," he said.

On 19 April, the UN International Court of Justice called upon the Russian Federation to lift the ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars and ensure the rights of the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians on the occupied peninsula.

On 3 May, the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers declared the annexation of Crimea illegal and urged the Russian Federation to ensure the protection of human rights and cease repressions, in particular against the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars on the peninsula.