Biden condemns Putin’s war crimes as arrest warrant issued

Joe Biden has condemned Vladimir Putin “clearly” committing war crime as the Russian leader faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court. The 46th POTUS also described the ICC’s decision as “justified”.

The intergovernmental group, based in The Hague, accused Putin of being responsible for the abduction of Ukrainian children.

Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children, was also issued with an arrest warrant on similar allegations.

The situation means Putin would be detained if he steps foot in one of the ICC’s 123 member states.

In a statement, the court alleged that the Russian President is “responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population [children] and that of unlawful transfer of population [children] from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation”.

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The Kremlin responded by claiming the questions raised by the court are “outrageous and unacceptable”.

President Biden addressed the ICC development during a news conference on Friday, saying: “He’s [Putin] clearly committed war crimes. I think it’s justified [the warrant].

“But the question is – it’s not recognised internationally by us either. But I think it makes a very strong point.”

Washington also concluded Moscow has been committing war crimes during its invasion of the ex-Soviet state.

A State Department spokesperson said: “There is no doubt that Russia is committing war crimes and atrocities (in) Ukraine, and we have been clear that those responsible must be held accountable.”

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