Russia said on Friday that the International Criminal Court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin is legally “void” as Moscow is subject to the Hague-based court’s jurisdiction. does not give recognition. Russia’s top officials are angry with the decision of the International Court, while their opponents have appreciated this step. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “Russia, like many other countries, does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court, and therefore, from a legal point of view, this decision of the court is void.” Russia is not a member of the ICC.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the ICC’s decisions have no meaning for Russia.
“Russia is not a party to the Rome International Criminal Court system and has no obligations under it,” he said in a telegram.
Without naming Putin, Zakharova said, “Russia does not cooperate with this body and as far as we are concerned, potential ‘prescriptions’ of arrest from the international court would be legally invalid.”
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has also compared the warrant to toilet paper on Twitter.
Earlier, the ICC announced on Friday that it had issued an arrest warrant against Putin for ‘illegal deportation’ of Ukrainian children.
The court also issued a warrant against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s presidential commissioner for children’s rights, on similar charges.
State news agency RIA Novosti quoted Lvova-Belova as saying, ‘There are sanctions against me from all countries, even Japan, and now arrest warrants… But we will continue our work.’
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