US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Wednesday that it was up to international lawyers to consider the evidence before deciding whether or not to commit genocide in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The statement comes after President Joe Biden said for the first time on Tuesday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was tantamount to genocide, a significant increase in his rhetoric.
Price said the United States supported international lawyers trying to find out if legal limits had been reached, but did not say whether the United States would launch its own investigation while supporting ongoing proceedings.
Genocide, considered the most serious international crime, was first used to describe the Holocaust.
It was established in 1948 as a crime under international law in the United Nations Charter.
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it completely disagreed with Biden’s description of Russia’s actions in Ukraine as a “genocide” and accused Washington of hypocrisy.
Lawyers to determine “threshold of genocide” in Ukraine: US State Department – SABC News
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