Putin Withdraws Signature from International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a meeting with senior military officials at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Nov. 16, 2016.
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a meeting with senior military officials at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Nov. 16, 2016.

President Vladimir Putin has decided Russia is out of the International Criminal Court.

Putin signed a decree Wednesday removing the country from the first legal body with permanent international jurisdiction to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Putin’s decree was published on the Kremlin’s website and a statement from Russia’s foreign ministry said, “The court did not live up to the hopes associated with it and did not become truly independent.”

According to reports, Moscow is not “happy” with the way the ICC has treated Russia’s war with Georgia in 2008, adding it failed to see the actions by the Tbilisi government against civilians in South Ossetia – a pro-Moscow region.

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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