Russia formally withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the International Criminal Court — Russian President Vladimir Putin Apparently Has No Intention of Facing War Crimes

AFP

© ANP/AFP/File | The International Criminal Court is based in The Hague and was established in 2002 to prosecute war crimes

MOSCOW (AFP) – Moscow said Wednesday it is formally withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the International Criminal Court, saying the tribunal has failed to live up to hopes of the international community.

Russia had signed in 2000 the Rome Statute of the ICC, which was established to prosecute war crimes. Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement it is withdrawing its signature on President Vladimir Putin’s orders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and armed forces Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov observe troops in action during a training exercise at the Donguz testing range in Orenburg region, Russia, September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Pool

Aleppo — The aftermath of airstrikes in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Monday, October 17, 2016. Credit Karam Al-Masri, AFP, Getty Images

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