Germany will arrest Vladimir Putin at the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the Russian president is on German territory, Justice Minister Marco Buschman told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
“I expect the ICC to quickly go to INTERPOL as well as participating States and ask them to enforce [ордера на арест]. Then Germany will be obliged to arrest President Putin if he enters German territory and hand him over to the ICC,” said the head of the German Ministry of Justice.
As Die Zeit noted, all countries under its jurisdiction must act in accordance with the ICC decision.
March 17 International Criminal Court in The Hague gave to arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He is suspected of illegal deportation of children from the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia. A similar arrest warrant has been issued against Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights.
In the Kremlin in response to the ICC decision remindedthat Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the tribunal. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation declaredthat the mandate “makes no difference” to Russia. Putin himself did not comment on the court’s decision.