The Spanish Embassy in The Hague has filed a Declaration of Intervention by Spain with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine vs. the Russian Federation).
On 26 February 2022, Ukraine filed an action before the International Court of Justice against the Russian Federation that invoked the commission of genocide by the Ukrainian authorities as the pretext to justify Russian military aggression against Ukraine. As a State Party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Spain is entitled to intervene in the process as an interested State. By taking this step, Spain joins other Member States of the European Union, along with the United States and Canada, among others, that have filed similar declarations. In its declaration, Spain argues that the ICJ has jurisdiction to try this case.
Spain reiterates its strong condemnation of the military intervention of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, which is a serious threat to international peace and security, and underlines its commitment to the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.
Spain reaffirms its commitment to international law and, in particular, to the obligations of States to not resort to threats or the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State and to respect international law on human rights, to which end the Convention on the Crime of Genocide is a fundamental text.
Original statement from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation