Armenia’s decision to join the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which recently issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, is unacceptable, a Russian Foreign Ministry source told RIA Novosti.
“Moscow considers absolutely unacceptable the plans of the official city of Yerevan to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in the context of the recent illegal and legally void ICC ‘warrants’ against the Russian leadership,” said the source of the agency.
Moscow warned Yerevan that the consequences of such a decision would be extremely negative.
On March 24, the President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, Arman Dilayan, announced the recognition of the obligations, which are enshrined in the Rome Statute of the ICC, in accordance with the Basic Law. He said the decision is final and effective upon publication. Then, the ratification of the Rome Statute by the Armenian Parliament must be done.
On March 17, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin and children’s ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova. The court assumes that they are “responsible for a war crime” related to the illegal deportation of children from Ukrainian territory since February 24.
The Russian leader’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the ICC decision, said Putin did not take the news “to heart” and continued to do his direct work.
Remember that the Russian Federation does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Also, the decisions of this court shake the air of the United States, China, India, Israel and Iran.
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