“First of all, the decision of the ICC is absolutely null and void for us,” Nebenzia said during a press conference.
Moreover, the ICC demonstrated that it reached “new lows,” for which it had long been heading to, Nebenzia said, noting Russia is not a signatory member of the legal institution.
Nebenzia said New York is not the center of the world and Putin could travel to many other places, and while the warrant does not affect the Russian president, it was clearly politically motivated.
On Friday, the ICC, whose jurisdiction is not recognized by Russia, issued a warrant for the arrest of Putin and Russian Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova, citing “unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”
Earlier on Monday, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Moscow initiated proceedings against the prosecutor and judges of the ICC involved in issuing the arrest warrant.