Joe Biden claims ICC's arrest warrant against Putin "Justified"
New York : The American President Joe Biden on Friday claimed that the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin on acquisition of war crime for deporting Ukrainian children is justified.
"The move makes a very strong point," the US president told reporters at the White House while noting that United States is not the member of ICC.
The Hague-based ICC has issued a warrant against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's presidential commissioner for children's rights, on similar charges.
Meanwhile, the Moscow has dismissed the orders as void. Russia has claimed that they are not a party to the ICC, so it is unclear how Putin could ever end up in the dock. "Russia, just like a number of different countries, does not recognise the jurisdiction of this court and so from a legal point of view, the decisions of this court are void," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Talking about Ukraine’s reaction, the President Volodymyr Zelensky has hailed the move and called it a historic decision.
Britain called the decision "welcome" and the European Union said it was "just the start." Human Rights Watch said it was a "big day for the many victims" of Russian forces.
More than 16,000 Ukrainian children have been deported to Russia since the February 24, 2022 invasion, according to Kyiv, with many allegedly placed in institutions and foster homes.