Armenia has no plans to arrest and hand over Russian President Vladimir Putin to trial in The Hague.
The decision to ratify the Rome Statute, on the basis of which the International Criminal Court operates, was made by the Armenian authorities back in December 2022. Yerevan intends to use this instrument of international relations in its confrontation with Azerbaijan. However, the fact that the ratification of the Charter by the Armenian authorities coincided with the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue a warrant for Putin’s arrest is considered an accident in Yerevan. The vice-speaker of the Armenian parliament Hakob Arshakyan stated this in an interview with the Armenpress agency.
The decision of the Constitutional Court does not find anyone guilty in any matter and does not require steps to arrest anyone. And the government of Armenia in December 2022, of course, could neither guess nor foresee the likelihood and content of specific decisions of the International Criminal Court in March,” he noted.
According to him, there is no intention or desire in Yerevan to arrest Putin if he visits Armenia. Arshakyan added that the Armenian authorities “heard the concerns expressed by the Russian Federation” and expressed hope that the two countries will be able to ensure that the provision of a further process related to the Rome Charter does not harm the strategic relations between Armenia and Russia.
Recall, the International Criminal Court in The Hague on March 17 issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accused of war crimes in Ukraine. This warrant is for life.
German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann has already said that Berlin will arrest Russian dictator Vladimir Putin if he arrives on the territory of the country, and the ISS in The Hague will require the implementation of the corresponding decision.
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