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WaPo- History Suggests ICC Warrant On Putin Is Significant


The Washington Post has reported that the ICC arrest warrant issued on Russian President Vladimir Putin may be more significant than some early reporting has suggested.

  • Wapo cites a study from Tom Warrick at the Atlantic Council, and former deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism policy at the Department of Homeland Security, claiming that of 18 heads of state or leaders indicted by the ICC, "94 percent have either faced a tribunal or were killed before that could happen."
  • Warrick: “Heads of state and major political or military leaders wanted by international courts have faced justice far more often than not. If modern history is a guide, the ICC arrest warrant has dramatically changed Putin’s fate.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a Congressional panel yesterday that “Anyone who is a party to the court and has obligations should fulfill their obligations."
  • It should be noted that although none of the US, Russia, China, or India recognise the jurisdiction of the ICC, the warrant could restrict Putin's travel options and, "restrict what world leaders choose to meet with him or associate with him."

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