ICC reacts to Russia’s retaliation over Putin’s arrest warrant

23 March, 10:27 AM
There were threats from Russia against the International Criminal Court (Photo:icc-cpi.int)

There were threats from Russia against the International Criminal Court (Photo:icc-cpi.int)

The Presidency of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute has reacted to Russian threats against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and retaliatory measures taken by Russia against the prosecutor and judges involved in the issuance of arrest warrants regarding Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

“The Presidency of the Assembly regrets these attempts to hinder international efforts to ensure accountability for acts that are prohibited under general international law,” the ICC said in a press release on March 22.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation started criminal proceedings against ICC prosecutors and judges on March 20, following the ICC decision to issue a warrant for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

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The ICC issued arrest warrants on March 17 for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Russia’s children’s ombudsman, Maria Lvova-Belova, for their involvement in the unlawful removal of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation since Feb. 24, 2022.

The Kremlin dictator can be arrested on the territory of 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute, said Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Andriy Kostin.

According to the Office of the President of Ukraine, the court’s ruling implies that there will be no negotiations with the present Russian leadership and no lifting of sanctions.

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