Following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann “expects that the ICC will quickly approach Interpol and the Contracting States and ask them to carry out enforcement”. In an interview he explained what that means.
“Germany is then obliged to arrest and extradite President Putin to the ICC if he enters German territory,” the FDP politician told the “Bild am Sonntag”. Contrary to national criminal prosecution authorities, the court in The Hague can, according to its case law, also take action against heads of state.
The Kremlin reiterated on Sunday that Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC. “Russia is doing and will do what is in its best interest,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of Bushman’s statements.
Moscow: “Absurd decision”
The Russian ambassador in Berlin, Sergei Neschaev, accused Germany of an escalation course. “The irresponsible statements of some German officials whom they support and are willing to carry out the illegal and utterly absurd decision of the ICC are extremely worrying and show how far from reality they are in their quest to resolve the conflict with Russia. to escalate further,” the diplomat said. The National Commission of Inquiry in Moscow announced an investigation into Bushman’s statements, including a response.
The court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Putin on Friday for war crimes in Ukraine. Investigators accuse him of abducting children from occupied Ukrainian territory to Russian territory. Russia emphasizes that it has brought the children to safety before the fighting during the war. In addition to Russia, the US and China also do not recognize the court. In total, more than 120 countries, including Austria, have ratified the Rome Statute.
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