KYIV (QHA) -

The International Court of Justice in the Hague requires Russia to resume the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal reported on Facebook.

According to the diplomat, the court reminded the authorities of the Russian Federation of the obligation to comply with the court order to resume the work of the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people.

"We have just received a letter from the International Court of Justice in which the court informed us that it had sent a claim to the Russian Federation formulated in a conservative diplomatic manner inherent in the court on the implementation of the mandatory UN order on the resumption of the work of the Mejlis," the Deputy Minister wrote.

Zerkal noted that since it was obvious for Kyiv that Russia was not going to cancel the discriminatory ban on the activity of the Mejlis, as expressly stated by the Order of the International Court of Justice, on April 19 Ukraine applied to the Court with a request to reiterate that the Russian Federation is obliged to cancel the prohibition of the Mejlis activity in accordance with the Order of the International Court of Justice of 19 April 2017 on the application of provisional measures.

In turn, the UN court ordered the Russian Federation to inform the about the specific steps taken to implement this order before January 18, 2019.

The statement of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry notes that Kyiv calls on Moscow to fulfill its international obligations by unconditionally lifting the ban on the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on the International Court of Justice to confirm that Russia is obliged to cancel the ban on activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in accordance with the order of April 19, 2017.

Not only does the UN court require Moscow to cancel the ban on the activities of the representative body of the Crimean Tatars. On January 24, the PACE demanded that Russia lift the ban on activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the Crimea as well as restrictions on entry to the annexed peninsula for Mejlis members.

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