The president Latvia Egils Levits said that an international tribunal for Ukraine could be held in Riga. “There was the Nuremberg Tribunal, maybe the Riga Tribunal,” says Levits.
The day before, in an interview with the LSM portal, the President of Latvia said that “in international relations, ideas mature for a long time, but in this case, the idea matures quite quickly, only ten months have passed …“
“Last week, the European Commission also published a message that it supports the creation of such a tribunal, I hope that it will be created. The question is where? Maybe if it is with partial participation of Ukraine, a hybrid option, then it will definitely be Kyiv. outside of Ukraine, it could be Riga,” RIA Novosti quotes an interview with Levits.
According to him, to create such a tribunal, the decision of the UN Security Council is not necessary, where Russia has the right of veto.
“This can be done by other organizations, for example, the Council of Europe, or simply on the basis of an agreement between countries – countries with the same opinion create such a tribunal. There may be a hybrid model, it may be partly due to Ukrainian legislation,” Levits said.
Earlier, the President of Latvia spoke on the topic of the special tribunal. He believes that one of his decisions would be the arrest of Russian assets abroad and their transfer to Ukraine.
Egils Levits makes statements on this subject after the European Commission initiated the creation of a special international tribunal for Ukraine under the auspices of the UN at the end of November. The head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, then said that the commission was ready to work with “international partners” on this topic.
So one “partner” has already been found, literally jumping out of his pants – see the above-mentioned statements of the President of Latvia. It is worth noting, however, that according to the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, the idea of the European Commission to create an international tribunal for Ukraine did not find unanimous support among the foreign ministers of the EU countries.
“There is a controversy about whether we need something else, besides the ICC, to fight impunity in Ukraine. Together with the European Commission, I submitted a proposal to the ministers (of foreign affairs at a meeting on December 12 – Approx. ed.), and we discussed it, though without a concrete result,” he said.
The creation of a new structure is possible, but the process of discussing this initiative is “an interesting discussion that did not have a concrete answer,” Borrell added.
Karim Khan, the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, said the European Commission’s proposal undermines a similar investigation being conducted by the ICC. In general, there has been competition.
Russia is not a member of the International Criminal Court. Moscow has repeatedly noted that all these “special tribunals” and “investigations” will have no legal force for Russia.
And returning to Mr. Levits, it is worth recalling that earlier he called for dealing with the Russian-speaking residents of Latvia, those who do not support the anti-Russian course of the authorities of this countryby isolating them from society.
This was stated by the head of state, not some marginal politician. Which, in general, is another illustration regarding the policy of Latvia. And not only Latvia, but also its neighbors – Lithuania, Estonia, Poland.