Moldova will arrest Putin if he comes to the country - Sandu
Moldova will fulfil the decision of the International Criminal Court and arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he comes to the country.
President Maia Sandu said this in an interview with Euronews Romania.
Sandu was answering a question about whether Putin would be arrested under a warrant from the International Criminal Court if he came to Moldova..
"Yes. The Republic of Moldova has signed an agreement on the criminal court, and Moldova will respect the court decision," Sandu replied briefly.
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Putin in connection with the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is authorized to prosecute those responsible for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. Therefore, the ICC is a chance for Ukraine to have crimes in the uncontrolled and occupied territories investigated and those responsible for war crimes punished. The Court can open an investigation against any person, including military and officials of the Russian Federation, involved in such crimes on the territory of Ukraine.
In response, the Russian Federation filed charges in absentia and put a prosecutor and a judge of the International Criminal Court on the wanted list, and the European Union condemned the actions of the Russian Federation against the International Criminal Court.
Earlier it became known that Hungary will not arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he comes to the country, the Head of the Office of Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. According to Gergely Gulyás, there will be no legal grounds for this.
On April 25, at a joint press conference with the President of Finland, Ramaphosa, who was visiting the country, said that the ruling African National Congress party had decided to withdraw South Africa from the International Criminal Court, considering it a "prudent step."
Subsequently, the Office of President Ramaphosa called the announcement of the withdrawal from the ICC a "communication 'mistake'.
That is why the South African authorities are asking Russian President Vladimir Putin not to attend the BRICS summit to be held in South Africa this summer. The reason is the arrest warrant for the Russian President.