The International Criminal Court (ICC) has hit back at the Kremlin after they threatened “monstrous” results if they attempt to arrest Vladimir Putin.
On Friday last week the ICC issued a worldwide arrest warrant for the Russian President over war crimes.
The deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said they will fire a hypersonic missile at the Hague from a Russian ship based in the North Sea.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell issued a statement condemning the unlawful threats by Medvedev.
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On Thursday in Brussels the EU External Action Service issued a statement over the Kremlin’s unacceptable threats.
The EU High Representative said, “The European Union condemns the illegal threat by a high-ranking Russian representative (as you know, such statements were made by First Deputy Head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev) to use force against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its host country, the Netherlands.
“It also deplores the measures announced by Russia against the ICC Prosecutor and Judges involved in the issuance of arrest warrants against Russian representatives,” the statement said.
“The EU reaffirms its full support for the ICC. Any retaliatory measure against those involved in the work of the ICC is unacceptable.
“In leading the fight against impunity, the ICC must be able to work independently and impartially,” Borrell said.
“The EU remains committed to defending the Court from any outside interference aimed at obstructing the course of justice and undermining the international system of criminal justice.
“The EU will continue to advocate for the universality of the Rome Statute and invite all States that have not yet done so to consider joining the ICC to end impunity for the most serious crimes.”
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