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If Russian President Vladimir Putin sets foot on German soil, he will be arrested by the government at the request of the International Criminal Court. This was announced by the country’s Minister of Justice Marco Bushman in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.
“In this case, the HCJ will quickly turn to Interpol, as well as member countries [ордер] asks for execution. According to this, if he enters the territory of Germany, Germany will be forced to arrest President Putin and hand him over to the International Criminal Court,” said the Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Die Zeit reports that all countries subject to the ICC’s jurisdiction will have to follow its decision.
After the mass media paid attention to Bushman’s words, the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrikin, ordered a “legal evaluation” of the minister’s statement.
Mykhailo Podoliak, the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, also reacted to this and emphasized that “the fact that Germany is the first to strongly emphasize this has a symbolic meaning.”
“He will be immediately arrested for organizing mass kidnapping and aggressive violence against Ukrainian children,” he said.
- On March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He is suspected of illegally deporting children from the occupied territory of Ukraine to the territory of Russia. A similar warrant was issued for the arrest of Maria Lvova-Belova, the Ombudsman for Children of the Russian Federation.
- In response to the decision of the Supreme Court, the Kremlin said that Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that the warrant “has no significance” for Russia. Putin himself did not comment on the court decision.