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The Hague issues arrest warrants for Putin: China invites Russian President to Beijing


The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. Dmitry Medvedev is now threatening The Hague with retaliation quite directly. The news ticker.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.

Dmitry Medvedev is now threatening The Hague with retaliation quite directly.

The news ticker.

  • The Hague issues

    an arrest warrant



    : China invites Russian President to Beijing

  • Medvedev

    threatens The Hague with

    rocket attack

    : The former President called the ICC "crappy and useless" and threatened the judges.

  • International Criminal Court


    arrest warrant

    : Serious allegations against Vladimir Putin.

  • Arrest warrant

    issued against

    Vladimir Putin

    : Russia reacts quickly.

Update from March 21, 1:25 p.m

.: Observers fear that Xi could arrange military aid with Putin during his visit to Moscow.

Beforehand, both heads of state had published articles in the state press of the partner country – and the Kremlin chief again railed against the West.

In this analysis of the meeting between Xi and Putin, you can read why such pamphlets should not be too lightly dismissed as the madness of someone obsessed with imperialist urges.

The Hague issues arrest warrants for Putin: China invites Russian President to Beijing

Update from March 21, 12:20 p.m .:

As expected, China does not see the arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin as a reason for an arrest.

State and party leader Xi Jinping made this clear indirectly during his visit to Moscow: he explicitly invited Putin to visit Beijing.

At a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Tuesday in Moscow, Xi Jinping said: "I invite you to visit China as soon as possible." Putin is also welcome in the People's Republic this year.

An international arrest warrant for war crimes in Ukraine has been in place for the Kremlin chief since last week.

However, China and Russia do not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.


Still partners: Xi Jinping (left) and Vladimir Putin on Monday at their meeting in Moscow.

© IMAGO/Kremlin Pool

Serbia joins Putin after arrest warrant: "Who will you speak to?"

Update from March 20, 4:30 p.m.:

According to the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić also criticized the arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin.

The Serbian head of state accused the International Criminal Court of further prolonging the Ukraine war by taking this step.

The prospects for negotiations with Russia have been significantly diminished.

"My question now that he's facing horrific war crimes charges, who are you going to talk to?" Vučić told Serbia's


portal .

"There is no doubt that the goal of those who have done this is to further complicate the communications of the Russian President and Russia's economic situation," Vučić continued.

Putin arrest warrant from The Hague: Russia's President receives backing from China

Update from March 20, 2:55 p.m .:

Vladimir Putin apparently receives backing from Beijing after the penalty order issued against him.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to act cautiously.

The ICC must "take an objective and fair position" and respect the immunity of heads of state under international law, a spokesman for the ministry said on Monday.

The tribunal in The Hague must “exercise its powers prudently and in accordance with the law”.

At the same time as the statement, China's head of state Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow for a multi-day meeting with the head of the Kremlin.

Russia and China are considered close allies.

Putin arrest warrant: In response, Russia opens criminal proceedings against chief prosecutors and judges

Update from March 20, 1:55 p.m .:

In response to the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has now also announced charges.

The Russian investigative committee confirmed on Monday that criminal proceedings had been initiated against chief prosecutor Khan and the responsible judges in The Hague.

The allegation is for intentionally illegal detention and preparation for an attack on a representative of a foreign state protected against prosecution, the national investigative committee said in a statement on Monday.

The committee went on to say that the ICC's arrest warrant was "manifestly unlawful as there was no ground for prosecution."

Putin arrest warrant: Kremlin spokesman Peskov is “calm” as an editor

Update from March 20, 1:05 p.m .:

On Monday, the Kremlin reacted calmly to the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Putin.

"We register that. But if we took every hostile statement to heart, it would not lead to anything good," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency on Monday.

The leadership in the Kremlin is "calm" about the developments.

Putin arrest warrant still valid after the end of the Ukraine war – “no statute of limitations for war crimes”

Update from March 20, 10:55 a.m .:

The arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Russian President Vladimir Putin remains an issue at the beginning of the new week.

Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan confirmed in an interview on Monday that the arrest warrant would remain valid even after the end of the Russian war against Ukraine.

"There is no statute of limitations for war crimes," Khan told BBC Radio 4. The arrest warrants would attach Putin and Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova to life for the rest of their lives, Khan stressed.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev questioned the ICC's raison d'être in a post via Telegram.

The Hague tribunal is "crappy and useless" and cannot judge a nuclear power, wrote the deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council.

Russia is not a signatory to the Rome Status and therefore does not recognize the ICC.

Medvedev, who is known for his verbal gaffes, even threatened the ICC judges with a direct attack.

"The targeted use of a hypersonic missile by a Russian ship from the North Sea on the courthouse in The Hague is well imaginable," Medvedev continued.

"Look carefully at the sky," the 57-year-old warned the judges in The Hague.

Putin himself appeared to be threatening to use the missiles more generally on Sunday.

Putin arrest warrant: Arrest possible during summit visit?

South Africa dodges explosive issue

Update from March 19, 7:10 p.m.:

Could Vladimir Putin be arrested on a trip to South Africa in August?

The government of South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has now reacted rather evasively.

One is aware of the “legal obligation” and has taken note of the reports of an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, a spokesman said, as reported by

the Kyiv Independent

on Sunday evening, among others .

South Africa is a member of the BRICS alliance along with Russia.

However, Green foreign policy expert Jamila Schäfer sees certain reservations among the country's diplomats, as she


to in February.

A BRICS summit is taking place in South Africa in August - Putin has always attended these events.

However, the new developments could thwart the trip, as the

Süddeutsche Zeitung

speculated at the weekend.

However, possible travel plans for Putin have not yet been officially confirmed.

Putin arrest warrant: Bushman comments – Russia wants to “legally examine” ministerial statements

Update from March 19, 11:19 a.m

.: Moscow reacts to statements by Justice Minister Marco Buschmann on the arrest warrant for Kremlin chief Putin.

The chairman of the Russian investigative committee, Alexander Bastrykin, announced that they would be "legally examined".

This is reported by the state news agency Tass.

The FDP politician Buschmann had previously told

Bild am Sonntag

: "I expect that the ICC will quickly approach Interpol and the contracting states and ask them for enforcement." Germany would then be obliged to arrest Putin as soon as he entered German territory .

Putin's circle of power in the Kremlin - the confidants of the Russian President

Putin's circle of power in the Kremlin - the confidants of the Russian President

Scholz on arrest warrant against Putin: "Nobody is above the law"

Update from March 18, 12:38 p.m .:

Olaf Scholz also commented positively on the arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"No one is above the law," said the Chancellor, according to the


news agency on Saturday during a state visit to Tokyo (Japan).

Arrest warrant against Putin: Biden is happy, despite reservations about the court

Update from March 18, 10:08 am:

Joe Biden has praised the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin.

It would be "a strong point" that was made in The Hague, according to the President.

However, Biden also emphasized that the United States would continue to refuse to recognize the International Criminal Court.

In addition to Russia and the USA, the People's Republic of China does not recognize the Criminal Court established in 1998 as a judicial body.

Zelenskyj welcomes the decision of the International Criminal Court

Update from March 17, 9:44 p.m .:

Also the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj

has now commented on the arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.

He wrote on Telegram: “Separating children from their families;

denying them any opportunity to contact their relatives;

to hide children on Russian territory;

scattering them to remote regions – all this is obviously Russian state policy, state decisions, state evil.” He called the court's decision a “historic” decision “where historical responsibility begins”.

Chief prosecutor gives details - International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant against Putin

Update from Friday, March 17, 8:45 p.m .:

The arrest warrant against Russia’s ruler Vladimir Putin caused a stir.

Karim Ahmad Khan, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, has since explained himself to the


in more detail.

Arrest warrant issued against Putin – Russia reacts quickly

Update from Friday, March 17, 6:49 p.m .:

The Kremlin responded to the judgment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and stated that the decision was not recognized.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the issues raised by the ICC "outrageous and unacceptable".

Peskov declared that all decisions of the court are "null and void" in relation to Russia.

When asked if Putin now fears traveling to countries that recognize the ICC, the spokesman replied: "I have nothing to add on the subject.

That's all we want to say.”

International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin

First report from Friday, March 17:

Frankfurt – Ukraine has repeatedly called for proceedings against Russia before the Hague tribunal for alleged Russian war crimes in the Ukraine war.

The International Criminal Court has now made an explosive decision: An arrest warrant has been issued against Vladimir Putin.

The ICC announced this in a post on its official website on Friday.

In addition to the Russian President, the arrest warrant also applies to Maria Alexeyevna Lvowa-Belowa, Commissioner for Children's Rights in the President's Office.

The move was triggered by the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia or to Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine.

United Nations investigators classified these as war crimes on Thursday.

"There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the above crimes," the ICC writes in its statement.

The Hague issues an arrest warrant against Putin: is he now threatened with arrest?

However, it is unlikely that Putin will actually appear before the court in The Hague.

Russia does not recognize the court.

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said in a press conference on possible arrest warrants against Russians on Thursday: “Russia does not cooperate with the organ.

And possible detention "prescriptions" coming from the international court are legally void for us." The decisions of the court have no meaning for Russia.

Furthermore, the court may not conduct trials in the absence of the accused.

Although Ukraine has not ratified the Rome Statute of the International Court of Justice, Kyiv recognizes the jurisdiction of judges for crimes against humanity and war crimes against Ukraine committed on Ukrainian territory since 2014.

In 2015, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin issued a statement to this effect in The Hague.

Shortly after the outbreak of the war, Chief Prosecutor Khan had already started investigations in Ukraine.



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