Armenia today officially joined the ranks of countries bound by the verdicts of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, despite opposition from Moscow

Armenia today officially joined the ranks of countries bound by the verdicts of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, despite opposition from Moscow
Armenia today officially joined the ranks of countries bound by the verdicts of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, despite opposition from Moscow
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01/02/2024 10:00

Today, Armenia has officially joined the ranks of countries governed by the verdicts of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. According to AFP, this was announced by a representative of the Armenian judicial body. Yerevan’s decision to join the ICC, which issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin some time ago, was already criticized by Moscow. If Putin came to Armenia from now on, he would have to be arrested and extradited to The Hague.

“The Roman status officially came into effect for Armenians on February 1,” Armenian justice official Jegishe Kirakosyan told AFP. He added that Yerevan is thereby gaining “important tools to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity on its territory.” According to him, this is especially true in the case of Azerbaijan, with whom Armenia has been fighting over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Last year, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Putin and Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvovova-Belovova in connection with the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. Moscow does not recognize the tribunal and has rejected the charges. She criticized Armenia’s decision to join the ICC.

Yerevan says its move is not aimed at Russia, but was made because of neighboring Azerbaijan. The larger and better-armed neighbor recently claimed a swift military victory that ended a long-running dispute over Armenian-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. The area, which has been under the control of Armenian separatists since the 1980s, was seized by Azerbaijan last September after a lightning offensive, after which more than 100,000 Karabakh residents left for Armenia. In connection with the end of independent Karabakh, Yerevan accused Russia of not coming to its aid, although it is its ally. Moscow rejected the criticism.

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Author: ČTK


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