The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin which provoked a furious reaction.
Moscow Calls Arrest Warrant “Outrageous”
Following the ICC’s decision on Friday that found Russian President Vladimir Putin guilty of war crimes in his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, focus has centered on the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children.
A report by the Yale Humanitarian Research Lab published in February revealed that no fewer than 6,000 Ukrainian children were sent to Russian “re-education” camps.
ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan stated that his office had identified the deportation of “hundreds of children taken from orphanages and children’s care homes” in relation to the case against Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes committed during the invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC has also issued an arrest warrant for Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, for the same charges related to the alleged crimes committed during the invasion of Ukraine.
However, Moscow described the ICC’s move as “outrageous” and it is unlikely that Putin will be brought to The Hague since Russia does not accept the court’s jurisdiction.
Russian State TV Reporters Reacts to Putin’s Arrest Warrant
Margarita Simonyan, the head of the RT channel, commented on the ICC’s decision on her Telegram social media channel, saying “I’d like to see the country that arrests Putin according to The Hague’s ruling. Eight minutes later. Or whatever the flight time to its capital is.”
But those who appear on Russian state television have given their view on the ICC’s decision.
The comment made by Margarita Simonyan, head of the RT channel, regarding the ICC’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Putin, appeared to be a reference to the length of time it would take a Russian nuclear missile to reach a Western capital, which is a frequent topic of discussion on the programs she appears on.
Vladimir Solovyov, a TV anchor who frequently features Margarita Simonyan on his nightly show on Russia 1 channel, said that The Hague should be nominating Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize because of the children involved in the alleged crimes.
Meanwhile, TV anchor Vladimir Solovyov, who hosts a nightly show on the Russia 1 channel says “We in Russia have given children from Donbas shelter, food and education. And you couldn’t even accept Ukrainian refugees humanely in the European Union.”
Biden Acknowledges the Arrest Warrant
President Biden acknowledged the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin, stating that it “makes a very strong point” despite Russia’s rejection of the court’s jurisdiction.
Biden further commented that Putin “is clearly committed war crimes.”
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