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Biden Accuses Putin of War Crimes, Backs ICC Arrest Warrant
U.S. President Joe Biden recently made headlines by asserting that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin is justified. Biden’s statement is significant in light of the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine, and it underscores the gravity of the accusations leveled against Putin.
Moreover, the U.S. has not been shy about condemning Putin and the Russian military’s actions in Ukraine, and this latest development is a continuation of that stance. Additionally, Biden’s statement signals a willingness to hold world leaders accountable for war crimes and human rights abuses, regardless of their position or status. It also highlights the importance of international organizations such as the ICC in promoting justice and accountability on a global scale. Nevertheless, Putin’s arrest and extradition to The Hague are highly unlikely, and this decision is unlikely to have a significant impact on the conflict in Ukraine or on U.S.-Russia relations.
U.S. Official Declines to Comment on Potential Putin Arrest in the U.S.
When asked whether Putin would be arrested if he traveled to the United States, U.S. National Security Council Communications Coordinator John Kirby declined to provide a response. This comes in light of the ICC’s decision to obligate the 123 member countries of the court to arrest Putin and send him to The Hague should he enter their territory. Notably, the U.S. is not a member of the ICC.
ICC Decision Puts Pressure on Putin
The ICC’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Putin puts significant pressure on the Russian president. It is improbable that Putin will face arrest and extradition to The Hague, but the decision serves as a reminder of the numerous accusations of war crimes and human rights violations that he and the Russian military have faced.
U.S. Pledges to Continue Supporting Ukraine
Despite not being an ICC member, the United States has pledged to continue supporting Ukraine in documenting and analyzing evidence of war crimes, atrocities, and crimes against humanity committed by Russian forces. Kirby emphasized that the U.S. is committed to helping Ukraine preserve evidence of the various crimes committed by the Russian military in the country.
ICC Arrests Another Russian Official
In addition to Putin, the ICC has also issued an arrest warrant for Maria Lvova-Belova, a Russian official who is allegedly responsible for the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. This is just the latest development in a long and ongoing conflict that has left many Ukrainians and international observers concerned about Russia’s actions and Putin’s leadership.