This week’s “simulacra of illegal referendums” organized by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine “are a serious violation of international law,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, stated on Friday.
He attended the opening ceremony of the new academic year at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest.
In this context, Aurescu spoke about the importance of international law, including in the context of the war in Ukraine, “a brutal war in our immediate vicinity.”
“In this unprecedented context in recent decades, the instruments of international law play a vital role in managing these serious violations, from the perspective of the values we should defend because yes, Russia’s war against Ukraine is not only an attack against our European security or Euro-Atlantic security, but it is an attack against democratic values, on each of our democratic and free societies,” he pointed out.
The head of Romanian diplomacy underscored that “the simulacra of illegal referendums this week are a serious violation of international law.” He showed that by organizing them, Russia proved once again that it is acting contrary to the fundamental principles of international law, especially sovereignty and territorial integrity, and “contrary to the responsibilities it has as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, which is the guarantor of international peace and security.”
“No territorial gain achieved through violation of international law or through the use of force can be recognized as legal,” added Bogdan Aurescu, according to Agerpres.
He mentioned the series of recent actions initiated by Romania, including the submission on September 13 of the Declaration of Intervention in the proceedings initiated by Ukraine against the Russian Federation with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the submission by Romania on September 16 to the European Court of Human Rights ( ECHR) of a request for intervention in favour of Ukraine, in the case brought by this state against the Russian Federation.
“To current and future challenges, including the most pressing ones at the moment, the response actions managed by Romanian lawyers make the real difference that Romania and international society need. We defend our values, both domestic and international, through intelligent use of the instruments of international law,” stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs.