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An application to issue a joint EU statement on the ICC warrant for Vladimir Putin’s arrest was blocked by Hungary.

The publication of a joint statement by EU countries on the issuance of an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin was blocked by Hungary this Monday, March 20. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.

As a result of Budapest’s action, Josep Borrell, the head of the EU foreign service, was reportedly forced to publish a statement on his own behalf, taking into account the decision of the ICC.

According to the news agency, the position of Hungary regarding the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of the Russian president ‘may be expressed’ at the next EU summit, which will be held in Brussels on March 23-24. When asked for a comment by Bloomberg, the EU Foreign Service allegedly declined to comment on information about the Hungarian veto against the joint statement.

Bloomberg noted that the draft declaration following the summit used similar language to Borrell’s statement. At the same time, agency sources reported that some European leaders may require the use of tougher rhetoric against the Russian authorities regarding the decision of the ICC.

Earlier, the justice ministers from 26 EU countries issued a statement in support of the ICC investigation. The representative of Hungary did not sign it, as reported by

On March 17, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin and the presidential commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, on charges of ‘illegal deportation’ of Ukrainian children.

Commenting on this decision, Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian leader, noted that Moscow did not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICC. In turn, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, speaking about the information received from The Hague, said that the decisions of the ICC have no meaning for Russia, and any possible arrest warrants are legally void.


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