EU country says it won’t arrest Putin — RT World News

Executing the ICC warrant against the Russian president could violate Hungarian law

While the Hungarian government has yet to take an official position on the International Criminal Court’s war crimes warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Thursday that the country’s constitution would not allow not its application.

“We can refer to Hungarian law, and on this basis we cannot arrest the Russian president (…) because the statute of the ICC has not been enacted in Hungary,” he added. . said Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, speaking to reporters at a press conference in Budapest.

“These decisions are not the happiest because they lead things to a new escalation and not to peace,” Gulyas said in reference to the ICC’s mandate, calling it his “personal and subjective opinion.”

Last week, the ICC called for the arrest of Putin and Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova, accusing them of personal, command and indirect responsibility for “forced population transfer” referring to Moscow’s efforts to evacuate children from the combat zone. Ukraine applauded the move, accusing Russia of “removal” children.

Moscow responded by saying the ICC had no authority or legitimacy because Russia never ratified the 1998 Rome Statute that established the court. Former President Dmitry Medvedev said the charges meant a “complete collapse of international law”. Russian authorities have also brought criminal charges against the ICC’s chief prosecutor and three judges involved in the warrant.

Ukraine also never ratified the Rome Statute, but the government put in place after the US-backed coup in 2014 announced it would accept its jurisdiction over alleged crimes. by Russia on its territory.

Hungary has ratified the Rome Statute and was actually among the NATO countries and other US allies that sent the ICC a criminal referral against Ukraine on March 2, at least according to the court. .

However, Washington was not directly involved, as the United States does not recognize the ICC either. After withdrawing its signature from the Treaty of Rome in 2002, the US Congress passed a law authorizing the use of military force to rescue any American or member of an allied army, if detained in The Hague.

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