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One year after the war against Ukraine, the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin. All western countries including America, Ukraine may be expressing happiness due to this move of ICC but Russia is in a panic. The Kremlin said in a statement on Friday that Moscow does not recognize the order. Let’s see who has so much guts? The former President of Russia said in support of Putin that it is nothing more than toilet paper for us. However, the ICC’s move has been appreciated by the opposition leaders in Russia.
“Russia, like many other countries, does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court and therefore the decisions of this court are void from a legal point of view,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters shortly after the ICC decision on Friday.
Russia is not a member of the ICC. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the ICC’s decisions have no meaning for Russia. “Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and has no obligations under it,” he said in a telegram.
Without naming Putin, Zakharova said, “Russia does not cooperate with this body and as far as we are concerned, a possible ‘prescription’ of arrest from the international court would be legally invalid.”
compared to toilet paper
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev compared the warrant to toilet paper on Twitter. The ICC announced earlier on Friday that it had issued an arrest warrant against Putin for “illegal deportation” of Ukrainian children. The court also issued a warrant against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s presidential commissioner for children’s rights, on similar charges.
“There are sanctions against us from all countries, even Japan, and now arrest warrants…,” Lvova-Belova was quoted as saying by state news agency RIA Novosti.
let’s see who arrests
The head of Russian state broadcaster RT, Margarita Simonyan, said Moscow could respond militarily to any attempt to arrest the Russian president. “I want to see the country that arrests Putin after the ICC order,” Simonyan said on social media.
Appreciated by the opposition
On the other hand, there is a mixed reaction in Russia on the arrest warrant against Putin. Members of the Russian opposition have praised the move. Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on social media, “Congratulations to Vladimir Vladimirovich on the arrest warrant! This is just the first step.” At the same time, Vladimir Milov, another leader of the opposition in Russia and aide of jailed Alexei Navalny, “lock him up!”