US leader comments on ‘war crimes’ accusations against Russian president
US President Joe Biden admitted on Friday that Washington does not recognize the International Criminal Court, but agreed with his claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin committed war crimes in Ukraine.
“Well, I think it’s justified,” Biden told the White House press corps before boarding a helicopter Friday night when asked about the ICC. “But the question is, it’s not internationally recognized by us either. But I think that makes a very strong point.
Cheese fries “obviously committed war crimes”, Biden said in response to another reporter. He also said the accusations of Chinese payments to his family members were “not true,” and that the banking crisis in the United States has subsided.
Earlier today, the Hague-based ICC accused Putin of “illegal population transfer” as well as Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova. The claim appears to be based on the Kyiv government’s interpretation of Russian efforts to evacuate children from frontline areas targeted by the Ukrainian military, often with NATO-supplied weapons.
The Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the announcement as meaningless, pointing out that Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC and the court has no jurisdiction in the country.
Other Russian officials said the ICC had self-destructed and demonstrated how “worthless and insignificant” Western-backed institutions have become. Former President and Deputy President of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev compared the ICC “to guarantee” toilet paper.
Although the ICC was modeled on the model supported by the United States courts for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Washington withdrew from them in 2002 and passed a law authorizing “all necessary and appropriate means” – including military force – to release any American or national of an allied country, if delayed by the court.
Some 45 states do not recognize the court’s jurisdiction, including China, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
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