The court says Putin bears personal criminal responsibility for the abduction and deportation of Ukrainian children since Russia’s full-scale invasion began in February last year.
The International Criminal Court on Friday issued arrest warrants for war crimes for President Vladimir Putin and a second Russian official. Here’s a closer look at the court, the warrant, and what it could mean for Russia’s leader.
Why did the International Criminal Court issue a warrant?
The court says Putin bears personal criminal responsibility for the abduction and deportation of Ukrainian children since Russia’s full-scale invasion began in February last year. The court also issued a warrant for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, who has been the public face of a Kremlin-sponsored program in which Ukrainian children and adolescents have been taken to Russia.
Russia called the decision illegal
Russia has rejected the ICC’s decision. Russia has said that the ICC’s decision is outrageous and unacceptable. Russia said that legally this decision of ICC is illegal for us. Let us tell you that Russia does not follow the rules of the International Court. Russia had not signed the agreement at the time of the establishment of the ICC.
Biden upheld the verdict
United States President Joe Biden said that the International Criminal Court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin is fair. Biden said that Putin clearly committed war crimes. The US President said, “Well, I think that’s fair.” He further added that it is not internationally recognized but makes a very strong point.
what will happen next
According to media reports, the ICC does not have the strictness to arrest the suspects. In such a situation, there is little scope for action against Putin. The rights can be exercised by the ICC only and only in member countries. That is, this action is possible only in countries that are members of the ICC. The countries that signed the agreement at the time of the ICC’s establishment are the only members, and when Russia is not involved, action cannot take place.