US Top Diplomat Blinken Urges All ICC Members to Comply with Putin Arrest Warrant

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on President Biden's proposed budget request for the Department of State for fiscal year 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, March 22, 2023. (Reuters)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on President Biden's proposed budget request for the Department of State for fiscal year 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, March 22, 2023. (Reuters)
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US Top Diplomat Blinken Urges All ICC Members to Comply with Putin Arrest Warrant

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on President Biden's proposed budget request for the Department of State for fiscal year 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, March 22, 2023. (Reuters)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on President Biden's proposed budget request for the Department of State for fiscal year 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, March 22, 2023. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday urged all members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to comply with an arrest warrant that the court issued for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Last week, the court accused Putin of the war crime of illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine. The legal move will obligate the court's 123 member states to arrest Putin and transfer him to The Hague for trial if he sets foot on their territory.

"I think anyone who's a party to the court and has obligations should fulfill their obligations," Blinken said when asked by US senator Lindsey Graham at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, if he would encourage European allies to "turn over" Putin.

Although the United States is not a party to the ICC, US President Joe Biden said on Friday that Putin has clearly committed war crimes, adding that the ICC warrant was justified.

Moscow has repeatedly denied accusations that its forces have committed atrocities during its one-year invasion of its neighbor and the Kremlin branded the court decision as "null and void".

Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC, although Kyiv granted the court jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed on its territory. The tribunal has no police force of its own and relies on member states to make arrests.



Interior Minister: France Faces Risk of Violence Due to Snap Election

(FILES) France's President Emmanuel Macron waits to welcome Britain's prime minister on the occasion of the 36th Franco-British bilateral summit at the Elysee Palace, on March 10, 2023. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
(FILES) France's President Emmanuel Macron waits to welcome Britain's prime minister on the occasion of the 36th Franco-British bilateral summit at the Elysee Palace, on March 10, 2023. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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Interior Minister: France Faces Risk of Violence Due to Snap Election

(FILES) France's President Emmanuel Macron waits to welcome Britain's prime minister on the occasion of the 36th Franco-British bilateral summit at the Elysee Palace, on March 10, 2023. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
(FILES) France's President Emmanuel Macron waits to welcome Britain's prime minister on the occasion of the 36th Franco-British bilateral summit at the Elysee Palace, on March 10, 2023. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

France could see civil unrest and violence that is related to the elections, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Monday as campaigning enters its last week before the first round of voting.
"It's possible that there will be extremely strong tensions," Darmanin told RTL radio, adding that authorities were preparing for a "highly inflammable" situation, with the vote taking place less than a month before the Paris 2024 Olympics.
"The people says 'no' to the Parisians, to the elites with their diplomas", Darmanin told RTL radio, according to Reuters.
President Emmanuel Macron, who shocked the nation with a decision to dissolve the National Assembly earlier this month, is not on the ballot, but for many voters, the election is perceived as a referendum on the fate of a president once seen as a able to overcome political divisions, but whose approval ratings collapsed after several political crises.
"I trust you," Macron told voters in a 'letter to the French' published on Sunday in which he sought to cast his camp, lagging in the polls behind the far right and a newly formed leftwing alliance, as the last hope for stability, adding: "I'm not blind: I'm aware of the democratic malaise."
Macron also reiterated that he would stay in office until his term ends in 2027 regardless of the outcome of the election.