May 28, 2023

The International Criminal Court (ICC), not recognized by Russia, has issued warrants for the “arrest” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin and presidential commissioner for children’s rights Maria Lvova-Belova. On Friday, March 17, the court reports.

Thus, the pre-trial chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued warrants for the “arrest” of Putin and Lvova-Belova in connection with the situation in Ukraine.

The ICC statement says that the decision was allegedly connected with the “illegal export of children” from Ukraine.

At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry called the accusations of forcibly removing minors from Ukrainian territory false.

Commenting on the situation, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the decisions of the ICC do not matter to Moscow.

The diplomat recalled that Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Earlier in March, it was reported that the ICC plans to launch two criminal cases against Russia on charges of war crimes in Ukraine.

Cases are planned to be initiated after several months of work of special groups.

At the same time, the Russian side has repeatedly called the accusations made false.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also pointed out that Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the court in The Hague.

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