/ Go to the mediabank Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. File photo / Go to the mediabankInternationalIndiaAfricaMOSCOW (Sputnik) – West countries openly abuse the norms of international justice in relation to Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. “The [International] Court [of Justice] has not resisted pressure from the collective West and has so far ordered provisional measures. In parallel, more than 30 countries, mainly the European Union and NATO, are trying to join the process on the side of Ukraine. We consider such actions as blatant abuse of court procedures, an attempt at open pressure and blackmail,” Lavrov said in a video address to St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, referring to the the case that Kiev filed with the court against Russia under the genocide prevention convention last year.Ukraine had filed an application instituting proceedings with the United Nations court, based in the Hague, on February 26, two days after the start of Russia’s military operation in the country. Appealing to the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Kiev disputes Russian claims that it had been perpetrating a genocide in the Donbass region, providing legal grounds for its intervention to support the Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics.Moscow has categorically denied accusations by Kiev it committed war crimes on Ukrainian territory, and pointed out that Russia is not a party to the ICC.