Latvia supported Ukraine's claim to the International Court of Justice against Russia

10:10 26 July Kyiv, Ukraine

Latvia has submitted to the Secretariat of the International Court of Justice an application to intervene in the case of Ukraine v. Russia, which concerns accusations of genocide under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation).

This was announced by the judge of the European Court of Human Rights from Ukraine Anna Yudkovskaya.

As the judge explained, according to the statute of the court, when it comes to interpreting a convention to which other states that are not parties to the case are parties, each of these states has the right to enter into the process. In this case, the interpretation provided by the court decision will be equally binding on them.

The Latvian government noted that the country "has a direct interest in the interpretation that may be included in this agreement in a court decision when it is considered". It was also noted that Latvia wishes to submit its explanations regarding the interpretation of the Convention, both in substance and in jurisdiction. At present, the governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation are invited to provide written comments on the application of Latvia.

Recall that more than four dozen countries supported the filing of a lawsuit by Ukraine against the Russian Federation in the International Court of Justice in The Hague in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.