Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged
the Parliament of Ukraine to adopt a bill on jurisdictional and property immunities
of a foreign state at a meeting of Wednesday, March 11,.
This bill, he stressed,
would allow "to judge foreign states in Ukrainian courts, if these foreign
states committed illegal acts against the Ukrainian citizens or companies,
including confiscated or nationalized Ukrainian property in any territory."
He noted that the
relevant rules are applicable in a number of EU member states and other
countries, such as Australia and Argentina.
The PM emphasized
that "this bill will bring Ukrainian legislation in line with European one
and also allow Ukrainian citizens and Ukrainian companies to protect their
property, including property illegally nationalized in the Autonomous Republic
Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked the Justice Ministry to "be ready to
report to the Parliament on the need for the adoption of this bill and after
its adoption to take all legal measures to protect the property interests of
Ukrainian companies, Ukrainian citizens and the whole Ukrainian state."
He also recalled
that Ukraine had filed two cases to the European Court of Human Rights on the
illegal annexation of Crimea. According
to him, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has completed the first
phase of consultation on the lawsuit against Russia for violations of the
International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. The
second phase of consultations and of a claim to the UN International Court of
Justice is being planned.
all possible international legal measures in order to bring Russia to justice,"
Arseniy Yatsenyuk added.