The Presidency of the ICC Assembly of States Parties deplored acts of intimidation and unacceptable attempts to undermine the mandate of the International Criminal Court to investigate, punish and prevent the most serious international crimes, the statement said.
In March, the ICC in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s children’s advocate Maria Lvova-Belova. Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ICC, its Prosecutor and judges are dutifully following the course set by Western patrons.
“This body will never investigate the crimes committed in reality. We will not wait for the crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan to be investigated,” Zakharova emphasized at one of the briefings.