Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov recalled after the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.
We consider the very wording of the question to be outrageous and unacceptable. Russia, like a number of states, does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court and therefore any such decision from the perspective of Russian law is void.
Peskov did not respond to clarifying questions from reporters, including whether the Kremlin views Putin’s future trips to countries that recognize ICC jurisdiction as dangerous.
Putin has become the second outgoing head of state after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to be indicted by the ICC.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin called the warrant a “historic decision for Ukraine and the entire system of international law”.