The Armenian parliament on Tuesday ratified the founding documents of the International Criminal Court, an institution that earlier this year indicted Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes related to the deportation of children from Ukraine.
The decision is likely to further strain Armenia’s deteriorating relations with its ally Russia. Last month Moscow called Yerevan’s efforts to recognize the International Criminal Court an “unfriendly step”.
Countries that have signed and ratified what is known as the Rome Statute on the basis of which this court was created are obliged to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he steps on their territory.
Armenian officials say the effort to join the court has nothing to do with Russia, but was prompted by Azerbaijan’s aggression against their country.