This is the beginning of reckoning – this is how the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell reacted to the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. The decision of the ICC was welcomed by the British and French diplomatic ministries.
“ICC’s decision to issue an arrest warrant Vladimir Putin for the war crime of unlawfully deporting and deporting children from Ukraine to Russia is the beginning of the accountability process. We appreciate and support the work of MTK. There can be no impunity,” Borrell wrote on Twitter.
MFA France said on Twitter on Friday that there was sufficient evidence of the president’s responsibility Russia and “no one should escape justice.” There is sufficient evidence that Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova are responsible for deporting the children, the French Foreign Ministry tweeted.
“We welcome the step taken by the independent ICC to hold those at the top of the Russian regime accountable, including Vladimir Putin,” UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly tweeted.
Putin’s arrest warrant
The ICC issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president on Friday. The judges agreed with the prosecutor’s request, considering that there are real grounds to believe that he is responsible for war crimes involving the unlawful deportation of children from the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia.
In the same decision, the ICC also issued an arrest warrant for the Russian ombudsman for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, accused of the same crimes.
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