March 17, 2023 15:47 GMT
ICC Arrest Warrant For Putin To Have Little Impact
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The International Criminal Court's issuance of an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, while hailed an an 'historic decision' by Ukraine's prosecutor-general, will have little-to-no impact on the actions of the Russian gov't or the course of the war in Ukraine. Foreign Ministry spox Maria Zakharova has stated that the decision 'has no significant whatsoever' as 'Russia is not a member of the Rome statute underpinning the ICC, and has no responsibilities to the ICC.'
- Chief of Staff to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the warrant 'is only the beginning.'
- The warrant is not likely to affect Putin's ability to travel to major international summits, including the G20 in the autumn as the host - India - is also not a signatory of the Rome statute.