No one is above the law – Scholz reacted to the decision to issue a warrant for Putin
On March 17, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed the decision.
He told reporters about this at a press conference in Tokyo. Scholz met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Scholz backs ISS decision
The German chancellor noted that the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court for Putin says that “no one is above the law.”
The International Criminal Court is the right institution to investigate war crimes. The fact is that no one is above the law, and this is something that is becoming clear right now,” Scholz said.
It should be noted that now it is dangerous for the Russian dictator to visit 123 countries. Putin's next trip to the “risk zone” is scheduled for August 2023 – for a summit in South Africa.
The ISS issued a warrant for the arrest of Putin: briefly
- The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and children's rights ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova. This decision is connected with the criminal actions of illegal deportation of children from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia.
- The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine handed over to the ISS more than 40 volumes of materials, including on the deportation of more than 16,000 children from Kharkiv, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. However, it is noted that this figure could be much higher.
- Russia has already responded to the statement of the International Criminal Court. Maria Zakharova, the speaker of the Russian Foreign Ministry, managed to say two words. She called the decision “insignificant” and the warrant “a prescription for arrest.”
- President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that this order is a historical moment from which historical responsibility begins.
- In turn, US President Joe Biden stressed that the warrant for Putin's arrest is “a very strong argument.”