ICC issues ‘arrest warrant’ for Putin — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Russia is one of many countries that does not recognize the Hague-based institution

The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights.

The Hague-based court is not recognized by Moscow and this decision has no legal validity in Russia. The United States also does not recognize the body, which has been accused of being Eurocentric and biased towards the West.

The Russian Foreign Ministry immediately rejected the announcement. “The decisions of the International Criminal Court do not matter for our country, including from a legal point of view”, wrote the woman’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Telegram.

Senator Andrey Klishas, ​​a prominent member of the ruling United Russia party, called the announcement “absurd,” saying that the ICC is on a path of self-destruction.

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