The International Criminal Court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin was declared legally “invalid” by the Kremlin on Friday because Moscow does not recognize the Hague-based court’s authority.
The decisions of this court are invalid from a legal standpoint since, like a number of other nations, Russia does not recognize its jurisdiction, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
The ICC does not have Russia as a member.
The rulings of the ICC “have no meaning” for Russia, according to Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry.
“Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and bears no obligations under it,” she said on Telegram.
“Russia does not cooperate with this body and possible ‘recipes’ for arrest coming from the international court will be legally void as far as we are concerned,” Zakharova said, without referring to Putin by name.