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Hungary blocked joint EU statement on Putin's arrest warrant

Mar 21, 2023

The Hungarian authorities have vetoed a joint statement of the European Union member states regarding the warrant for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

This is reported by Bloomberg.


Because Budapest imposed the ban, the statement was released on its own behalf by EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell.

“The EU sees the decision by the ICC as a beginning of the process of accountability and holding Russian leaders to account for the crimes and atrocities they are ordering, enabling or committing in Ukraine,” Borrell said in the statement published on Sunday evening. 

In addition, justice ministers from around the world met in London to discuss support for the International Criminal Court's investigation of Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

As a reminder, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin on charges of deportation of Ukrainians.

Later it became known that such a decision of the ICC could significantly limit the dictator's ability to travel abroad, as he could be arrested in 123 countries.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 21/03/2022

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