EU pays €10 million to International Criminal Court for “work on Ukraine”

Since the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine, the European Commission has allocated more than €10 million to the International Criminal Court (ICC) “in support of work on Ukraine,” European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders said. The EC plans to send another €3 million to the court by 2025. Earlier in March, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The International Criminal Court is based on the Rome Statute, which has approximately 120 signatories. The jurisdiction of the ICC is not recognized by Russia, Ukraine, the USA, China, Israel and many other countries.

“And let me assure you that the European Union remains ready to provide the necessary material support, as the situation in Ukraine requires an adequate response,” Mr. Reynders said at an international conference of sponsors of the ICC in London. His words are given in website EU.

According to the European Commissioner, the EU is discussing the coordination of actions and the allocation of additional assistance to the prosecutor’s office. In addition, Brussels intends to consider reforming the Rome Statute in order to “extend the jurisdiction of the ICC to crimes of military aggression.” Mr. Reynders urged Ukraine to ratify the Rome Statute as soon as possible.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin and Children’s Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova on 17 March. The court stated that they were “allegedly responsible for war crimes related to the illegal deportation of the population (children)” from Ukraine. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called outrageous and unacceptable the question of the arrest of Mr. Putin. Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that Moscow is ready to return the children taken out of Ukraine when there are safe conditions. The TFR initiated a case against the prosecutor and judges of the ICC.

About the reaction of the world to the decision of the court – in the material “Kommersant” “The service of the ICC does not tolerate fuss.”

Leonid Uvarchev

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