After the International Criminal Court announced the issuance of An arrest warrant against the Russian presidentVladimir Putin, Chairman of the International Affairs of the State Duma, Leonid Slutsky, commented on the matter.
On Friday, Slutsky said, “The International Criminal Court should issue an arrest warrant against the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, his gang and their Western sponsors.”
Void and unacceptable
He also wrote on his channel in “Telegram”: “It is worthy of the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants against Zelensky and his gang and their Western supporters. They are real war criminals,” according to Russian media.
He also stressed that the decision of the International Criminal Court is null and unacceptable from a legal point of view for the Russian side, and it is a “worthless” decision calculated on the effect of propaganda in the West.
Putin and the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights
It is noteworthy that the International Criminal Court had announced earlier, Friday, the issuance of an arrest warrant against him Putin On charges of committing war crimes in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian military operation in February 2022.
“Today, March 17, 2023, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for two individuals in connection with the situation in Ukraine: Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Ms. Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Bilova,” who is the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia, it said in a statement.
It also added that they may be involved in “war crimes, represented in the illegal deportation of the population (children) and the illegal transfer of the population (children) from the territory of Ukraine to Russia.”
It also added that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that Putin bears personal criminal responsibility for the aforementioned crimes, because (first) he committed these acts directly, jointly with others and/or through others… (and secondly) he did not adequately control the military subordinates who committed the acts or permitted them to be committed.”
In the context, the former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said that “Putin can be arrested upon his arrival in any country that is a member of the International Criminal Court.”
He added, in exclusive statements to Al-Arabiya, that the court has the powers to charge Putin, but he pointed out that it does not have the police force.