The world’s media comment on the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova. The Guardian states that “this is a very important moment for many reasons.” The BBC estimates that the arrest warrant “will make the Russian president an international outlaw”. The Washington Post, on the other hand, writes about a “serious blow to the reputation” of the Russian leader, as “his war in Ukraine is now in its second year and there is no end in sight.”
In connection with the same allegations, the ICC also issued an arrest warrant for the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova.
The ICC communiqué indicated that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that Maria Lvova-Bielova bears individual criminal responsibility” for the above-mentioned crimes.
BBC: Putin’s arrest warrant will make him an international outlaw
The British BBC, referring to this decision, reminds that Russia he is not a member of the ICC and therefore “none of the suspects are expected to be extradited”. Nevertheless, as the BBC comments, “the arrest warrant will make the Russian president an international outlaw and make it difficult for him to travel especially to countries that are members of the ICC.”
ICC member countries are required to detain a person requested by the tribunal.
“There have been many speculations as to whether the ICC will announce the names of the suspects, and if so, when. Few, however, expected the prosecutor to point to the top,” adds the BBC.
As he notes, “this is one of the most ambitious cases the ICC has ever dealt with.”
“Guardian”: This is a very important moment for many reasons
The British newspaper The Guardian in its analysis writes that while “it is unlikely that Putin or Lviv-Belova will be brought under the jurisdiction of the court anytime soon”, the issuance of the arrest warrant “remains a very important moment for many reasons”. According to the daily, this is “sending a signal to senior Russian officials – military and civilian – who may be at risk of prosecution now or in the future.” It added that this decision “will further limit their ability to travel abroad, including participating in international forums.”
Although Putin now appears confident in his power and safe from possible extradition, the future leader of the Kremlin may decide that it is more politically advantageous to send Putin to The Hague than to protect him.
The Washington Post: This is a serious blow to Putin’s reputation
The Washington Post notes that the arrest warrants were issued amid “intense international pressure to hold Putin accountable for atrocities committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.” It added that it was an “extraordinary decision” made during the conflict.
“And for Putin – the first head of state who is a permanent member of the Security Council UNfor which the ICC issued an arrest warrant – a serious blow to reputation, because his war in Ukraine It has been going on for two years now and there is no end in sight.
PAP, BBC, Guardian, Washington Post
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