Ex-Poland president calls for Putin to be tried in int'l court

'If we forgive this now, the end result will be bad for all of us,' Lech Walesa said regarding Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Ex-Poland president calls for Putin to be tried in int'l court

World Bulletin / News Desk

Poland's former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa has said that Russian president Vladimir Putin should be held to account at the Lahey International Court for his policy on Ukraine.

Speaking to Poland's Rzeczpospolita newspaper, Walesa said that there could not be a free Poland without a free Ukraine and called on western leaders, particularly those in western Europe and the US, to not repeart the same mistakes regarding Ukraine that they had done in the past.

'We need to do something so that anyone who behaves in this way will know that they will be prosecuted,' he said, calling for a joint commission to start a legal process against Russia.

'We cannot accept another iron curtain. We cannot surrender Ukraine to Putin or allow him to divide it. We need to avert war,' he said.

'If we forgive this now, the end result will be bad for all of us.'

Russia officially annexed Crimea from Ukraine after a March 16 referendum resulted in the vast majority of Crimeans who participated in the poll voting to join Russia.

The poll was held following the fall of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich's administration at the hands of pro-EU protesters in Kiev late February.

Critics of the referendum have called it illegal and have refused to recognize it due to it being held under the threat of pro-Russian militiamen who occupied the peninsula shortly after Yanukovich fled Kiev.

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