17 Mar 2023 20:06

Peskov on ICC arrest warrant for Putin: We view it as outrageous, unacceptable

MOSCOW. March 17 (Interfax) - The Kremlin sees the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin as outrageous and legally null, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"We view the very approach to the matter as outrageous and unacceptable," Peskov told journalists in commenting on the ICC judgment.

"As well as a number of other countries, Russia does not recognize this court's jurisdiction. Hence, any such decisions are null for Russia from the legal standpoint," he said.

Peskov added that this is the only thing that he "would like to and could say regarding this decision."

Earlier on Friday, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Putin and Russian Children's Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova. The Russian Foreign Ministry said a commentary that the ICC's judgments have no legal effect for Russia.