Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, former President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that attempts to try the president of a nuclear power at the International Criminal Court (ICC) would have "terrible consequences" for international law. This is how he commented on the arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin issued by the court in The Hague in his Telegram channel. Medvedev also wrote that Russia could respond to these actions with a missile attack on the ISS building.
"The judges of the International Court of Justice fumed in vain. Look, they say, we are brave, we did not manage to raise a hand against the largest nuclear power. Unfortunately, gentlemen, everyone walks under God and rockets. It is quite possible to imagine a point application of a hypersonic carrier from the North Sea from a Russian ship on the Hague courthouse. It can't be knocked down, unfortunately. And the court is only a poor international organization, not the population of a NATO country. That's why they won't start a war. They will be afraid And no one will be sorry. So, citizen judges, look carefully at the sky..." Medvedev said.
On March 17, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for two people in the context of the Russian Federation's war against Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian President's Commissioner for Children's Rights Maria Lvova-Belova. They are suspected of illegal deportation of the population (children) and illegal transfer of the population (children) from the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia.
The Kremlin said that the Russian Federation does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and considers its decisions "null and void." The very formulation of the question there is considered "outrageous and unacceptable". The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated that Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and bears no obligations to it.
US President Joe Biden supported Putin's arrest warrant. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine welcomed the decision of the ICC and called it "historic for Ukraine and the entire system of international law."