Serbian president criticizes ICC arrest warrant for Putin


BELGRADE, Serbia — Issuing a world arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin can have unfavourable penalties and can solely lengthen the conflict in Ukraine, Serbia’s president mentioned Sunday.

The Worldwide Legal Courtroom issued the warrant for the Russian chief on Friday, accusing him of conflict crimes. The ICC accused him of bearing private accountability for the abductions of youngsters from Ukraine throughout Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbor that began nearly 13 months in the past.

However Serbian populist President Aleksandar Vucic, who had prior to now boasted about his private relation with the Russian chief, criticized the court docket’s resolution.

“I believe issuing an arrest warrant for Putin, not to enter authorized issues, can have dangerous political penalties and it says that there’s a nice reluctance to speak about peace (and) about truce” in Ukraine, Vucic instructed reporters in Belgrade.

“My query is now that you’ve accused him of the largest conflict crimes, who’re you going to speak to now?” Vucic mentioned.

“Do you actually assume that it’s attainable to defeat Russia in a month, three months or a 12 months?” he requested, including: “There isn’t any doubt that the aim of those that did that is to make it troublesome for Putin to speak, so that everybody who talks to him is conscious that he’s accused of conflict crimes.”

Requested if Putin could be arrested if he involves Serbia, Vucic mentioned that it’s “a pointless query, as a result of it’s clear that so long as the battle (in Ukraine) continues, Putin has nowhere to go.”

Though Serbia is searching for European Union membership, it has maintained shut ties to Russia and is the one European state that has refused to hitch worldwide sanctions in opposition to Moscow.

Vucic, a powerful opponent of worldwide conflict crimes courts, was a rating official of an ultranationalist celebration whose chief Vojislav Seselj and several other different members ended up within the worldwide conflict crimes court docket on trials for crimes they dedicated through the wars within the Nineteen Nineties.

Within the late Nineteen Nineties, Vucic was info minister within the authorities of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic through the conflict in Kosovo the place Serb troops have been accused of assorted conflict crimes dedicated in opposition to Kosovo Albanian separatists.

Milosevic was arrested in Serbia on conflict crime prices in 2001. He died on the worldwide conflict crimes court docket within the Hague in 2006 earlier than his trial on the crimes dedicated by Serbian troops through the wars within the Balkans within the Nineteen Nineties ended.


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