Nebenzya: Western Influence Demonstrates Inadequacy of International Criminal Court

Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, said that the International Criminal Court, which is ready to administer false justice as a puppet of the West, has proved its inferiority.

The Russian delegate emphasized that “this tendentious, politicized and incompetent international court has once again proved its inferiority… The International Criminal Court is a puppet in the hands of the collective West, always ready to regularly dispense false justice.”

“It is particularly ironic that the legally void decisions (the arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin) were announced on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the illegal US invasion of Iraq, where the International Criminal Court had jurisdiction but did nothing to bring those responsible to justice.”

The Permanent Representative of Russia noted that “Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute. The International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over Russia and its citizens. We consider any documents issued by this body to be illegal and invalid.”

He added that, by all indications, the ICC has already embarked on the path of self-liquidation, and, above all, when it comes to power and international recognition, we are not alone in this opinion. Let me quote 2018 National Security Adviser John Bolton: “We will let the ICC die of its own accord. After all, the ICC essentially no longer exists.”

The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court, whose jurisdiction is not recognized by the Russian Federation, has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova Belova.

For his part, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and any of its decisions are void and unacceptable from a legal point of view.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue a warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin does not make sense for Russia.

Zakharova wrote in her Telegram account: “The decisions of the International Criminal Court are meaningless for our country, including from a legal point of view.”

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, also noted that there was no need to clarify the use of an ICC document to issue an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by a toilet paper icon.

Medvedev wrote on his English-language Twitter account: “The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. There is no need to explain where this document was used.”

Source: TASS + RT

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