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Serbian president criticizes ICC arrest warrant for Putin


BELGRADE, Serbia — Issuing a world arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin could have detrimental penalties and can solely delay the conflict in Ukraine, Serbia’s president stated Sunday.

The Worldwide Prison Courtroom issued the warrant for the Russian chief on Friday, accusing him of conflict crimes. The ICC accused him of bearing private accountability for the abductions of kids from Ukraine throughout Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbor that began virtually 13 months in the past.

However Serbian populist President Aleksandar Vucic, who had prior to now boasted about his private relation with the Russian chief, criticized the courtroom’s choice.

“I feel issuing an arrest warrant for Putin, not to enter authorized issues, could have dangerous political penalties and it says that there’s a nice reluctance to speak about peace (and) about truce” in Ukraine, Vucic instructed reporters in Belgrade.

“My query is now that you’ve accused him of the most important conflict crimes, who’re you going to speak to now?” Vucic stated.

“Do you actually assume that it’s attainable to defeat Russia in a month, three months or a yr?” he requested, including: “There is no such thing as a doubt that the objective of those that did that is to make it tough for Putin to speak, so that everybody who talks to him is conscious that he’s accused of conflict crimes.”

Requested if Putin can be arrested if he involves Serbia, Vucic stated that it’s “a pointless query, as a result of it’s clear that so long as the battle (in Ukraine) continues, Putin has nowhere to go.”

Though Serbia is searching for European Union membership, it has maintained shut ties to Russia and is the one European state that has refused to hitch worldwide sanctions towards Moscow.

Vucic, a robust opponent of worldwide conflict crimes courts, was a rating official of an ultranationalist social gathering whose chief Vojislav Seselj and a number of other different members ended up within the worldwide conflict crimes courtroom on trials for crimes they dedicated throughout the wars within the Nineties.

Within the late Nineties, Vucic was info minister within the authorities of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic throughout the conflict in Kosovo the place Serb troops have been accused of varied conflict crimes dedicated towards Kosovo Albanian separatists.

Milosevic was arrested in Serbia on conflict crime costs in 2001. He died on the worldwide conflict crimes courtroom within the Hague in 2006 earlier than his trial on the crimes dedicated by Serbian troops throughout the wars within the Balkans within the Nineties ended.

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