International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Russian president – Day 24
On Friday, the International Criminal Court announced that it had issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for his responsibility for war crimes committed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February 2022.
“Today, March 17, 2023, the II Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for two persons in connection with the situation in Ukraine: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Bilova,” this is stated in a statement by the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia.
In its statement, the court added that Putin was “allegedly responsible for the war crime of illegally deporting (child) residents and illegally transferring (child) residents from the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”
“The crimes are believed to have been committed in the occupied Ukrainian territories as of at least February 24,” she added, adding that there are “sufficient grounds to believe that Mr. Putin is personally responsible for these crimes.”
On the other hand, Russia called the decisions of the International Criminal Court “insubstantial” and “legally invalid.”
“Decisions of the International Criminal Court do not matter for our country,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Telegram.
Zakharova added that “Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and has no obligations under it,” explaining that Moscow “is not cooperating” with the court.
It stated that “arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court are legally invalid” for Russia.
The Rome Statute is the founding text of the International Criminal Court, headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands.
In turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “Russia, like a number of other countries, does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court, and therefore, from a legal point of view, the decisions of this court are invalid.”
For her part, Russian Children’s Commissioner Maria Lvova, who also issued an arrest warrant from the court, said: “I have been sanctioned by all countries, even Japan, and now an arrest warrant … But we will continue our work,” the statement says. RIA Novosti report.
The New York Times reported Monday that the International Criminal Court is preparing to file two cases against Russian officials for invading Ukraine, transferring children from Ukraine to Russia, and deliberate bombing of civilian targets in Ukraine.
And International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan said earlier: “We have reaffirmed (with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General) our shared concern that such acts will be fully investigated and that those responsible for international crimes will be brought to justice.”
The International Criminal Court, established in 2002 to investigate the world’s most serious crimes, has been investigating possible war crimes or crimes against humanity committed during the Russian invasion for more than a year.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC, but Kyiv has accepted the work of the court on its territory and is working with the prosecutor’s office.
Russia denies allegations of war crimes. Experts stressed that it is unlikely that he hosted any suspects.