Russia says ICC warrant against Putin meaningless; Medvedev likens it to toilet paper
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday compared the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin to toilet paper.
“The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin. No need to explain WHERE this paper should be used,” Medvedev said on Twitter, adding a toilet paper emoji.
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin. No need to explain WHERE this paper should be used🧻.— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) March 17, 2023
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Warrant against Putin meaningless as Russia does not belong to ICC
Meanwhile, Russia said the arrest warrant issued by ICC was meaningless.
“The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no meaning for our country, including from a legal point of view,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Telegram channel.
“Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and bears no obligations under it.”
The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian commissioner for children’s rights, was like Putin accused by the ICC of the war crime of illegal deportation of children from Ukraine.
“It’s great that the international community has appreciated this work to help the children of our country: that we don’t leave them in war zones, that we take them out, that we create good conditions for them, that we surround them with loving, caring people,” she told journalists, according to the state-run RIA news agency.
Russia signed the Rome Statute in 2000, but never ratified it to become a member of the ICC, and finally withdrew its signature in 2016.
At the time, Russia was under international pressure over its seizure and unilateral annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, as well as a campaign of airstrikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s war against opposition fighters.
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