Putin to be arrested if he goes to Armenia: ICC

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian had the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adopted by the parliament. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be arrested the moment he sets foot in Armenia.

Putin to be arrested if he goes to Armenia: ICC

It was on the agenda that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who angered Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, could be arrested in Armenia. The much talked about move of Pashinyan, who announced that he would approve the Rome Statute, was put into action. Pashinian stood by his decision to prevent Putin from entering Armenia. The treaty establishing The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) received the approval of the Armenian Parliament. The agreement, which was approved despite Russia's warnings, means that President Putin will be arrested in a possible visit.

Armenia has made a move that will further strain ties with Russia. The ICC was ratified by the Armenian parliament.

Yerevan insists that the resolution does not target Moscow.


However, the ratification obliges Armenia to arrest Putin if he sets foot in the country. The Armenian parliament's agenda included 18 items, including a draft law on the ratification of the treaty establishing the ICC.


"Armenia knows very well that we are not a party (to the Rome Statute)," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Putin warned that approval of the ICC could lead to "serious consequences".

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, who in recent months has sought closer ties with the West in an effort to end dependence on Moscow, said he was confident that the parliament would ratify the Rome Statute and recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC.


In March, the ICC issued arrest warrants for both Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's commissioner for children's rights, in connection with the "abduction and forced deportation of children from Ukraine".

In an interview with Politico, Pashinian stated that "Russia's capabilities have changed as a result of the events in Ukraine" and argued that Armenia should strengthen its independence instead of relying on Moscow for security.

Source: Newsroom

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