Czech president supports creation of war crimes tribunal for Russia

10 May, 10:54 AM
President of the Czech Republic Petr Pavel (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

President of the Czech Republic Petr Pavel (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Czech President Petr Pavel has said he supports the creation of an international war crimes tribunal to hold Russia accountable for its atrocities in Ukraine, he said in a video address posted on Twitter on May 9.

"It is important to investigate these crimes, which is why I unequivocally support the creation of the tribunal,” Pavel  said.

“It is a key step on the road to both peace and justice," he went on to say.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke at an online summit of the Core Group international coalition of May 9 dedicated to the issue of establishing a special tribunal to investigate numerous Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine.

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All 37 participants of the summit "confirmed their resolve to hold Russia’s top leadership accountable for the crime of aggression against Ukraine," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote later on Twitter.

The European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have also voted to support the creation of a special international tribunal.

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