No one is above law: Scholz welcomes decision on Putin's arrest warrant
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has supported the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Russian leader Vladimir Putin
This is reported by The Guardian.
According to Scholz, the ICC's decision to issue an arrest warrant for Putin proved that no one has the right to be above the law.
"The international criminal court is the right institution to investigate war crimes …The fact is nobody is above the law and that’s what’s becoming clear right now," Scholz said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.
On Friday, March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova.
Representatives of various states and international organizations reacted to the ICC's decision. They were later joined by representatives of the United Kingdom and Canada, who unambiguously supported the court's position.
Later, US President Joe Biden told reporters that the ICC's arrest warrant for Putin was justified because the Russian president had committed war crimes.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that there is a "real prospect" for the case of Russia's illegal deportation of Ukrainian children, in which the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin
On March 18, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, praised the ICC's decision to issue an arrest warrant for the Russian president and noted that this was the beginning of the process of bringing Vladimir Putin to justice.