Medvedev threatens ICC with hypersonic missile strike over Putin arrest warrant

20 March, 02:48 PM
Dmitry Medvedev (Photo:Sputnik/Yulia Zyryanova/Pool via REUTERS)

Dmitry Medvedev (Photo:Sputnik/Yulia Zyryanova/Pool via REUTERS)

Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, has threatened a missile attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for issuing an arrest warrant Russian leader Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes.

In boorish, foul-mouthed rant on his Telegram channel on March 20 Medvedev said that “nobody needs the shitty ICC.” He called the court’s decision “the final collapse of the international law system.”

He also complained that during its existence, the ICC only managed to bring to justice “three dozen unknown persons” with “none of practical value” to Russia.

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Medvedev then made aggressive statements about the potential "terrible consequences for international law" and threatened that the ICC might be targeted with Russian missiles. He noted that Russia, like the United States and other countries, does not participate in the ICC.

“Here they decided to try the president of a nuclear state, which does not participate in the International Criminal Court for the same reasons as the United States and other countries,” Medvedev wrote.

“The ICC judges went all up in flames in vain. Look, they say, we are brave, we didn't dare raise a hand against the largest nuclear power. Unfortunately, gentlemen, everyone walks under God and missiles.”

“It is quite possible to imagine a pinpoint application of a hypersonic Oniks (missile) from the North Sea from a Russian ship on the Hague courthouse,” said Medvedev, in his now traditional bellicose and hysterical style.

So, (...) look carefully at the sky,” he concluded.

On March 17, the ICC in The Hague issued arrest warrants for Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the children's ombudsman of Russia, accusing them of forcibly transferring children from Ukraine to Russia since February 24, 2022.

Piotr Hofmanski, the head of the ICC, explained that Putin could be arrested in any of the 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the ICC's decision historic and said it marked the beginning of historical responsibility.

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