Russia mocks ICC arrest warrant for Putin, thinks it’s like toilet paper


Russia mocked President Vladimir Putin’s arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia considers the letter like toilet paper. Photo/REUTERS

MOSCOW – Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev mocked the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for President Vladimir Putin . Medvedev likened the warrant 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 wrote on Twitter, adding a toilet paper emoji.

The ICC on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Putin on suspicion of war crimes in Ukraine.

Apart from Putin, the warrant from the ICC was also addressed to Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of Russia. The two were accused of carrying out the illegal transfer of children from occupied territories in Ukraine to Russian territory.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said an ICC warrant was meaningless.

“The decision of the International Criminal Court means nothing to our country, including from a legal point of view,” Russian 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 has no obligations under it,” Zakharova continued.

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Maria Lvova-Belova responds to accusations from the ICC. “It’s great that the international community values ​​this work to help our country’s children: that we don’t leave them in war zones, we take them out, we create good conditions for them, we surround them with compassion, people who care,” he told reporters, as reported by RIA Novosti, Saturday (18/3/2023).

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 Ukraine’s unilateral seizure and annexation of Crimea in 2014, as well as a campaign of airstrikes in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad’s war against opposition forces.


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