The high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrellhighlighted this Monday that the Russian president, Vladimir Putinyou can be arrested “immediately” in “more than 130 countries” after the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant on the grounds that he is responsible for war crimes in Ukraine.
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“It is very important and changes the rules of the game”Borrell stressed to the press upon his arrival at a Council of Foreign and Defense Ministers of the EU.
Last Friday, the ICC issued arrest warrants against Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s presidential commissioner for Children’s Rights, for having deported Ukrainian minors to Russia.
“Two important things have happened regarding the war in Ukraine. The first, the Black Sea agreement (for the export of Ukrainian grain), is good news. The second, also important, is the decision of the International Criminal Court regarding President Putin.” Borrell stated.
The head of community diplomacy pointed out that the Russian authorities “They are dismissing this ICC decision, saying that in the end Russia has not signed this treaty, but let’s see its practical consequences.”
“If President Putin travels to one of the more than 130 countries that have signed this international treaty, he should be immediately detained. If he travels to one of the members of this international agreement, he should be detained immediately.”indicated.
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According to Borrell, this is “Something that must be taken into account, because we can negotiate with whoever we want, but this court decision is still valid. Is there. President Putin must be arrested if he travels to more than 130 countries”he added.
The ICC issued an arrest warrant last Friday against Putin as “suspected responsible” for the illegal deportation of children and their transfer from occupied areas in Ukraine to Russia, which translates into a war crime under the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the court, which 123 countries have signed.
For his part, the Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, stated that “What Spain wants is that the war crimes that are being committed at the moment in Ukraine and that have been committed for more than a year, do not go unpunished.”
“We want peace and justice in Ukraine and, for there to be justice, there can be no crimes with impunity, and those who have committed them must answer for their actions before the International Criminal Court, whose attorney general and whose investigation, as you are well aware , Spain supports from the beginning”, pointed out.
In the view of her French counterpart, Catherine Colonna, the ICC’s message is that “No person responsible for the chain of crimes can escape justice.”
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The Lithuanian incumbent, Gabrielius Landsbergis, considered the decision of that court, based in The Hague, a “Legal but also moral step forward.”
“I will tell my colleagues that we cannot stop here”, he said, while again defending more sanctions against Russia and, specifically, the Russian state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom.
“No one should have impunity for crimes committed in Ukraine during Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine”said Romanian minister Bogdan Aurescu, noting that he would brief the Council on the first high-level conference his country will organize jointly with Ukraine in Bucharest in April on security in the Black Sea.
“It will be a very important occasion to draw lessons from the war and see what we can do to have a safer region in the future,” Indian.
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