KYIV (QHA) -

Strengthening of economic sanctions should force Russia to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice, adopted a year ago aiming to protect the rights of ethnic minorities in the occupied Crimea.

Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov expressed such an opinion to the QHA agency, when asked about the implementation of the order by the UN International Court of Justice of 19 April 2017, under which Russia is obliged to lift the ban of Mejlis and stop ethnic oppression in the occupied Crimea.

According to Umerov, Russia resorts to its usual practice of ignoring the decisions of both international organizations and international courts. He went on saying that solidary international pressure and tougher sanctions should eventually force the aggressor country to respect the position of the international community.

“Russia does not comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice. But this is not the first time the Russian Federation has ignored all resolutions, all protocols, the results of any working meetings. It has already been made a rule to follow - not to implement any decisions including court decisions. I think that the only right way is to strengthen economic sanctions to make Russia reckon with the decision of international organizations and the international court.”

Previously, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea Boris Babin expressed his conviction that the UN International Court of Justice will take into account the fact of Russia’s evasion from implementing restrictive measures when declaring a final decision in the case of "Ukraine against Russia."

Reportedly, April 19, 2017 the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands, introduced restrictive measures at the suit of Ukraine against Russia for violating the Convention on Racial Discrimination for the protection of national minorities in the annexed Crimea. In particular, the court ordered Russia to abstain from the persecution of Crimean Tatars, restrictions on the Crimean Tatars to represent their interests, including to lift the ban on the activities of the Mejlis, and to ensure the resumption of full-fledged education in the Ukrainian language in Crimea, as well as to avoid restrictions on the use of Ukrainian language. Russia has not complied with these demands, despite constant appeals from Ukraine and the international community.

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