The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of being responsible for war crimes in Ukraine. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said that this decision is “historical for Ukraine and the entire system of international law.” “The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no significance for our country, also from a legal point of view,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Reuters reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued an arrest warrant Vladimir Putin on suspicion of unlawful deportation of children and unlawful removal of people from the territory Ukraine to Russia.
In connection with the same allegations, the ICC also issued an arrest warrant for the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Affairs, Maria Lvova-Belova.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said that the ICC’s decision to arrest Putin is “historical for Ukraine and the entire system of international law.”
Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president’s office, said the ICC’s arrest warrant was “just the beginning”.
Kuleba: International criminals will be held accountable
The case was also commented on by the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kuleba.
“The wheels of justice are turning: I applaud the ICC’s decision to issue arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova in connection with the forcible transfer of Ukrainian children. International criminals will be held accountable for child exports and other international crimes,” he tweeted.
Spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: ICC decisions are irrelevant for our country
The spokeswoman also referred to the decision of the ICC of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no meaning for our country, also from a legal point of view,” she said, quoted by Reuters. “Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and is not bound by it in this regard.
Russia signed the Rome Statute in 2000 but never ratified it, and finally withdrew its signature in 2016.
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