On Tuesday, November 12, Deputy Foreign Minister Yelena Zerkal during a briefing stated that the UN court decision in the lawsuit “Ukraine against Russia” would be delivered no earlier than 2022, and possibly at the beginning of 2023.
She noted that in this case, everything depends on what will be considered a decision, “a decision on the merits or a decision that will determine compensation”.
"Considering the established practice of the court, in December of next year, Russia should submit approximately the same number of documents to the court. After that, the court should provide us with the right to study and respond to these documents. Usually, this is three to four months. Depending on quantity, it may be up to six months. After our reaction, they will give some time for Russia's reaction to our reaction, and a hearing will be scheduled after that. Indeed, a decision is expected no earlier than 2022, and possibly at the beginning of 2023," Zerkal.
Previously, in 2017, Ukraine in the UN International Court of Justice initiated a case against Russia to hold it accountable for financing and supporting acts of terrorism in Ukraine, as well as participation in committing acts of racial discrimination in the framework of acts of aggression against Ukraine.
Ukraine also sent a request to the International Court of Justice with a request to take appropriate temporary measures, given the urgency of the situation. On April 19, 2017, the court decided to apply provisional measures against Russia at the request of Ukraine.
On November 8, the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague recognized its jurisdiction in Ukraine v. Russia case, concerning the accusation of Russian Federation in financing and supporting acts of terrorism in eastern Ukraine and racial discrimination in Crimea.