According to rumours, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the BBC, the court accuses him of war crimes, including the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia.
According to the report, the atrocities were perpetrated in Ukraine at least since February 24, 2022, when Russia launched its full-fledged invasion.
Moscow has refuted claims of war crimes committed during the invasion.
The ICC has accused Putin with involvement in child deportation, stating that it has reasonable grounds to suspect he committed the offences himself as well as in collaboration with others.
According to the BBC, the court also stated that the Russian president failed to exercise his authority to prevent others from deporting minors.
Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, is also wanted by the ICC.
The arrest warrants, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry official, are meaningless.
“The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no meaning for our country, including from a legal point of view,” Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram, BBC reported.
This is because, despite the warrants, the ICC has no authority to arrest suspects and can only exercise jurisdiction within nations that have signed the treaty that established the court.
Russia is not a party to the pact, thus neither will be extradited, according to the BBC.