Russian embassy in Washington said in comments released on Friday that, US administration supports unprecedented legal bacchanalia unleashed by the ICC, for the sake of its own geopolitical interests.
Russian embassy emphasized that, “We took notice of the statements of representatives of the U.S. administration on the alleged justification of the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue warrants of the arrest for President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova.
For the sake of its own geopolitical interests Washington supports the unprecedented legal bacchanalia unleashed by the International Criminal Court (ICC), knowing full well that Russia, like the United States, does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC”.
Russian embassy added, “Allowing unacceptable remarks about the Russian leader, the U.S. authorities deliberately keep silent about their own atrocities in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya and Vietnam. Moreover, in an attempt to protect its citizens from international prosecution by all available means, the United States even takes odious measures”.
Russian embassy reminded the decision taken by the US administration of introducing ‘unprecedented economic sanctions’ against on the leadership of the Court. This included the action against ex-Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who began an investigation into the atrocities by U.S. in Afghanistan.
The Russian embassy in US said, “What independence and impartiality can we talk about? Such a position is reminiscent of sluggish schizophrenia. Today, all American officials in unison repeated that the ICC is not a decree for the United States. However, a strategic interest to annoy Russia as much as possible outweighs”.
On Friday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s Children’s Rights Commissioner. The statement from the court read, “they could be responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation”.
The ICC, which is not part of the UN was created by the 1998 Rome Statute. It is accountable to the countries only, which have ratified the statute. The nations which are not party to the statute includes Russia (signed but not ratified), China (did not sign the statute) and the United States (signed but later withdrew).