Russian Ally Warns Putin: Don’t Go to—or You’ll Get Arrested

The ruling occasion of Armenia warned on Wednesday that if Russian President Vladimir Putin involves Armenia, the nation could have no alternative however to arrest him.

The Worldwide Felony Courtroom (ICC) issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest earlier this month over alleged conflict crimes in Ukraine, significantly his alleged involvement within the illegal deportation of youngsters from Ukraine. However the ICC doesn’t have energy to implement its warrants, and since Russia doesn’t acknowledge the court docket’s jurisdiction, a lot of its enforcement will rely upon different international locations’ willingness to step in if Putin travels.

“If Putin involves Armenia, he needs to be arrested… It’s higher for Putin to remain in his nation,” Gagik Melkonyan, deputy of the Armenian Nationwide Meeting, stated, based on a Moscow Instances translation of an interview with

The choice from the ruling occasion of Armenia, which is a part of a Russian-led collective protection group, stands in stark distinction to different Kremlin allies that aren’t deviating from loyalty to Moscow. Hungary, which has shut ties with Russia, introduced it won’t implement the ICC’s arrest warrant for Putin final week.

Although Armenia is technically a Russian ally—as a part of the Collective Safety Treaty Group (CSTO)—Armenia’s resolution is simply the most recent indication that the nation is prepared to take issues into its personal palms and maintain Putin accountable. Simply final week, Armenia took steps that may pave the way in which for it to ratify the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC.

“If we enter into these agreements, then we should fulfill our obligations,” Melkonyan stated.

The Kremlin rebuked Armenia for entertaining the thought of becoming a member of the Rome Statute, based on a supply within the Russian International Ministry.

“Moscow considers completely unacceptable the plans of official Yerevan to accede to the Rome Statute of the Worldwide Felony Courtroom in opposition to the backdrop of the current unlawful and legally void ‘warrants’ of the ICC in opposition to the Russian management,” the supply stated early this week, based on TASS.

The Russian International Ministry warned there could be “extraordinarily detrimental” penalties for Armenia shifting ahead.

However Armenia is just not alone, and different international locations are banding along with plans to arrest Putin. Eire, Croatia, Austria, and Germany have every stated they’ll implement the warrant.

The choice in Armenia counsel that Russia’s allies are rising extra prepared by the day to query Moscow’s judgment within the conflict in Ukraine over one yr in to the battle.

Indian officers have expressed concern over Putin’s conflict in Ukraine, urging in opposition to battle and using nuclear weapons within the conflict. Chinese language President Xi Jinping has additionally been caught off guard by Putin’s invasion, and has been dismayed on the approach he’s carrying it out, based on the U.S. intelligence group.