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Kremlin spokesman: ICC’s decision to issue arrest warrant for President Putin is “null and void”


Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and considers its decisions null and void, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday, commenting on the body’s issuance of an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We consider the very formulation of the issue outrageous and unacceptable. Russia, as well as several other states, do not recognize the jurisdiction of this court and, accordingly, any decisions of this kind are null and void for Russia in terms of law,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

“That is, in fact, the only thing I would and could tell you about this decision,” he added.

Peskov did not comment on a question about whether the court’s decision would affect Putin’s visits to countries that recognized the jurisdiction of the ICC: “I have nothing to add on this topic.”

Earlier on Friday, it became known that the International Criminal Court had issued arrest warrants for Putin and Russian children’s rights commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova.

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