For the aggression taking place on the territory of Ukraine, the top political and military leadership of Russia, including President Vladimir Putin, should also bear legal responsibility, said Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu.
According to Reinsalu, who met with the country’s president, prime minister and foreign minister during his visit to Ukraine, it was agreed that Estonia would help Ukraine reach an international agreement that the political and military leadership of Russia bears not only military, but also legal responsibility for organizing the aggression.
“This means great cooperation at the level of countries, public opinion and lawyers and decision-makers; it requires reaching international agreements. Certain draft agreements have been prepared in Ukraine. /…/ We will support it,” said Reinsalu.
According to Reinsalu, another question is whether the highest leadership, for example Putin, can be obtained from Russia somehow.
“But it is clear that the head of state’s diplomatic immunity does not apply to perpetrators of genocide. Humanity needs a new Nuremberg,” he said.
According to Reinsalu, it is necessary to make it clear to countries that want to return to normal relations with Russia and Putin as soon as possible that this is not a normal situation where relations can be quickly normalized.
“It is a matter of genocide, and communication at the usual high level with politicians who carry out genocide cannot be the new normal. That is why the concept of legal responsibility is needed, it must frame our relations or lack of relations with Russia,” he said.
Reinsalu noted that since Estonia’s security is “a matter of life and death, we have to work hard to convince the countries.