The Hungarian authorities have blocked a joint statement by the European Union that an international arrest warrant has been issued for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged crimes in Ukraine. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.
Due to Hungary’s refusal, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, issued a separate statementthat the EU has taken note of the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on an arrest warrant for Putin and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights under the President of the Russian Federation Maria Lvova-Belova.
“The EU sees the ICC decision as the start of a process to hold Russian leaders accountable for crimes and atrocities in Ukraine that are committed on their orders, with their permission or that they commit themselves,” Borrell said in a statement.
On March 20, EU justice ministers issued a statement in support of the decision of the International Criminal Court, but Hungary did not sign this document.
The position of Hungary regarding the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Putin may be expressed at the next EU summit, which will be held in Brussels on March 23-24, writes Bloomberg.
On March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was suspected of illegal deportation of children from the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia. The Kremlin said that Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya saidthat Russia is ready to return the children taken out of Ukraine when “there are safe conditions” there.
The New York Times wrote, citing sources, that the International Criminal Court will open two cases against Russian officials because of the invasion of Ukraine: one for the deportation of Ukrainian children, the second for deliberate attacks on civilian infrastructure. The opening of the second case was not officially announced.