According to media reports, on April 13, the President of the Republic of Colombia Ivan Marquez Duque determined the international crimes, committed by Russia in Ukraine, as genocide of the Ukrainian people in an official statement.

Earlier in the day, US President Joseph Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the genocide of Russian aggressors as genocide.

In addition to condemning Russian aggression, Colombia’s active position is of practical importance, as the country has announced an increase in coal, oil and gas production to replace Russian raw materials in regional markets.

In particular, Colombia is one of the world leaders in coal reserves in operation and they can really logistically replace Russian coal in European markets, where it is supplied by sea from the ports of the Far East.

Also, two Russian satellites in Latin America, Nicaragua and Venezuela, which have significant military-political problems in their relations with Colombia due to the whims of their dictators, will be extremely careful in planning to “help the Russians” or return to Russia.

Colombia, as a key country in the region that adheres to a democratic form of government in a partial environment of kleptocracies and dictatorships, understands Ukraine’s situation well and deeply.

Experts of our Association had the opportunity to discuss these issues with relevant high-level officials at the World LawCongress, held in the Colombian city of Barranquilla in December 2021.

The Congress discussed the dimensions of Russian paramilitary organizations, racial discrimination and crimes against vulnerable groups in the occupied territories, including Crimea, which have now shown signs of genocide in the face of large-scale Russian aggression.

Our Association welcomes the current well-considered steps taken by the democratic Colombia’s highest authorities, which testify to the correct assessment of Russian aggression and its consequences, consistently provided by all civilized nations of the modern world.

We are confident that the legal assessment of Russian aggression and its consequences for the perpetrators andfor the Russian state will be a key issue at the next session of the World Law Congress in one of the European countries.