International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Karim Khan told CNN he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin could be tried for alleged war crimes despite Moscow claiming it was not subject to the court's decisions.
Khan recalled the historic trials of Nazi war criminals of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and former Liberian leader Charles Taylor as examples of seemingly untouchable figures who faced justice: "They were all powerful individuals, yet they are found in courtrooms,” he said.
The International Criminal Court has
issued an arrest warrant
against Russian President Vladimir Putin because he is "responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population (children) and illegal transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia" .
This can be read in the press release of the same Court.
In addition to Putin, another arrest warrant has been issued against Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, commissioner for children's rights at the Kremlin.
The crimes would have been committed in the occupied territory of Ukraine starting at least February 24, 2022.
Putin has clearly committed war crimes: the ICC's arrest warrant against him is justified.
This was stated by US President Joe Biden.
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Normal economic cooperation.
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"The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Putin.
A historic decision, from which historic responsibility will start
Thus the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in his evening speech reported on Telegram.
"It would be impossible to carry out such a criminal operation without the order of the top leader of the terrorist state," he said, adding that deporting children to Russia is an "evil" Russian state "policy that begins with the very first official of this State".
Zelensky thanked the ICC "for its willingness to truly bring the guilty to justice".
"There is no doubt that Russia is committing war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine, and we have been clear that those responsible must be held accountable," US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said
after that the arrest warrant for Putin issued by the ICC.
"The ICC prosecutor is an independent actor and makes his judicial decisions on the basis of the evidence he has," said Watson, without expressing explicit support for the initiative: the United States, as well as Russia, have not acceded to the treaty establishment of the organism.
"A historic decision".
So the prosecutor general of Ukraine, Andrij Kostin, commented on Twitter on the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I am personally grateful to ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan for this historic decision. We continue close cooperation with ICC in cases of forced deportation of Ukrainian children. Over 40 volumes of files, more than 1000 pages of evidence already shared with the Court", he wrote on Twitter.
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"The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no meaning for our country, not even from a legal point of view".
"The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin. There is no need to explain WHERE this document should be used."
The deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, wrote on Twitter, adding a toilet paper emoji.
"We continue to work."
This was stated by Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, commissioner for children's rights at the Kremlin, commenting on the arrest warrant of the International Criminal Court against her on charges of forced transfer of Ukrainian children.
The Tax reports it.
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