Deputy Head of the Office of the President Andriy Smyrnov and Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anton Korynevych met in the Office of the President with British barrister Geoffrey Nice, who was the lead prosecutor in the case of ex-President of Serbia Slobodan Milošević at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The parties discussed the establishment of a Special Tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, which will organize the trial of the highest political and military leadership of the Russian Federation.
"I consider this a completely logical initiative and fully share the need to create an international tribunal to investigate the crime of aggression by Russia's political leadership. I'm sure it can be created quickly. And I want to wish Ukraine to move towards the creation of the court energetically, regardless of any skeptical assessments. The Milošević case says that even the highest official will sooner or later be punished for his crimes. This fully applies to Vladimir Putin as well," said Geoffrey Nice.
Andriy Smyrnov emphasized that the establishment of the Special Tribunal and the punishment of all members of the Security Council of Russia is key to the future system of international law.
"If today we do not show the whole world that the crime of aggression is severely punished, if we do not bring Vladimir Putin and his entire clique to criminal responsibility, tomorrow any dictator can make territorial claims to any country in the world. And the international security system can be forever forgotten," Andriy Smyrnov said.
Anton Korynevych, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that Russia's attack on Ukraine is the biggest aggression and caused the largest war in Europe since the end of World War II, and therefore the creation of a Special Tribunal, which will be responsible for trial of the higher political and military leadership of the Russian Federation for committing the crime of aggression against Ukraine is an appropriate legal response to this brutal invasion.
It bears reminding that Ukraine undertook the initiative to create a Special Tribunal, which will prosecute members of the Security Council of Russia for committing the crime of aggression against our state. Previously, the creation of such a tribunal was supported by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.