The Kremlin withdraws from the International Criminal Court

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Putin, surrounded by workers on a recent visit to a factory in Yaroslavl - Image by: EFE

The Kremlin implied that the court “failed to meet expectations”

According to a document published on the official website of the Government. Putin ordered “to accept the proposal of the Ministry of Justice, consensual with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Instruction Committee … to inform the UN Secretary General about Russia’s decision not to be part of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court “.

“Russia’s decision not to participate in the ICC Statute, or in other words, to revoke the signing of this document, implies legal consequences provided by the Vienna Convention on International Treaties of 1969,” the ministry said in a statement to Foreign Affairs.

The resolution – to which Russia is outside the jurisdiction of the Hague Tribunal – comes into force today. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that “in 14 years of operation, the ICC has issued only four sentences and has spent more than $ 1 billion.”

Already in January this year, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zajárova denounced the bias of the International Criminal Court when the court authorized investigating war crimes during August of 2008 attack by Russia in Georgia.

However, Moscow denounced that at the same time, “the actions and orders of Georgian public offices have been left in the hands of the Georgian Justice, outside the scope of the prosecution of the ICC.” “This decision speaks for itself. In these conditions, it is hardly possible to speak of trust in the International Criminal Court, “concluded the Foreign Ministry.

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