Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish presidents discuss tribunal for Russian war crimes

On January 17, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Latvian President Egils Levits met with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, the Presidential Chancellery announced. 

"The presidents agreed that... Russia made a major mistake in launching an aggressive war in Ukraine, and that Russia has lost on all fronts," a release said.

The presidents exchanged views on the provision of support to Ukraine, which should be continued just as intensively as hitherto in economic, political and military terms, emphasizing the need for the supply of heavy weapons, including tanks.

The presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland also discussed the issue of establishing an international tribunal to investigate Russia's aggression in Ukraine, floating ideas for format it could take. 

"The presidents emphasized the [use of a] tribunal as both a legal and a political tool in the fight against Russian aggression," the release said. 

It is not the first time the idea of a special tribunal to record and punish Russia's numerous war crimes has been floated by the trio. As far back as July last year, Latvia was reporting Russia to the International Court of Justice in The Hague requesting leave to intervene as a third party in the case of “Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation)."

With the civilized world united in abhorrence at Russia's actions, the prospect of seeing those responsible answer for their crimes is an important principle. 

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