US calls for Russia to be held accountable for war crimes in Ukraine
Statement by US Security Council spokesperson came after the International Criminal Court ordered the arrest of Vladimir Putin
You U.S said that “there is no doubt” that the Russia committed war crimes during the conflict against Ukraine and advocated that those responsible be held accountable. The speech was made a day after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. The US has not ratified the Rome Statute, responsible for creating the ICC, and has already opposed several decisions by the entity. “The ICC prosecutor is an independent actor and makes his own decisions based on the evidence presented to him. We support the accountability of perpetrators of war crimes,” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement. “There is no doubt that Russia is committing war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine, and we make it clear that those responsible for this must be held accountable,” added the spokeswoman. The government of Russia, for its part, considered the warrant “outrageous”, “inadmissible” and “legally invalid”, as the country is also not party to the Rome Statute.
*With information from EFE
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