They welcome and encourage efforts to ensure full accountability for crimes during the war in Ukraine.
The European Union supports the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the presidential administration, Maria Lvova-Belova.
“As the Heads of State and Government of the EU member states stressed on 15 December 2022, the European Union welcomes and encourages further efforts to ensure full accountability for war crimes and other most serious crimes in connection with Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine,” the official statement reads. .
It is noted that they see the decision of the ICC as the beginning of the process of holding Russian leaders accountable for the crimes and atrocities that they order, allow or commit in Ukraine.
“The EU also declares its support for the investigations of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in Ukraine and calls for the full cooperation of all participating States,” the message says.
Arrest warrant for Putin
Recall that on March 17, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights under the President of the Russian Federation. They are accused of deporting children from the occupied territories of Ukraine.
Lawyers explained that now Putin and Lvova-Belova could be detained on the territory of 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Charter. Russia has already stated that they do not recognize this decision.
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called the ICC’s decision “the start of a process,” while Germany has already said that Putin will be detained if he arrives on their territory.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the decision of the International Criminal Court historic.